Osbeckia gracilis Bedd., Madras J. Lit. Sci. ser. 3, 1: 45. 1864 (Syn: Osbeckia sublaevis Cogn. in A. & C. DC.; Osbeckia lineolata Gamble; Osbeckia lineolata Gamble var. anamalayana Giri & M.P. Nayar) as per Kerala plants & Melnet;

Stout shrubs; branches glaucous, glabrous. Leaves to 3.5 x 2 cm, elliptic-oblong, obtuse at apex and base, cuspidate, yellowish green, densely covered with half-adnated hairs spreading from midrib, 3-ribbed; petiole 3 mm long. Flowers in terminal cymes, pedicelled; calyx tube 7 mm long, densely simple-hairy, lobes 4 x 3 mm, ovate-oblong, obtuse, ciliate; petals 15 x 12 mm, obovate, ciliate, pink; anthers 5 mm long.

Flowering and fruiting: January-April
Moist deciduous and shola forests
Southern Western Ghats (Endemic)
(Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi from India Biodiversity Portal)



Eravikulam National Park
Date: June 4, 2014 Base elevation: 2000m asl 
Osbeckia aspera (L.) Blume … (family: Melastomataceae)

O. lineolata now synonym under O. gracilis

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Osbeckia aspera (L.) Blume … family: Melastomataceae or a.k.a. Melastomaceae

os-BEK-ee-a — Named for Pehr Osbeck, Swedish explorer and naturalist … Dave’s Botanary
AS-per-uh — rough … Dave’s Botanary 
commonly known asrough osbeckiarough small-leaved spider flower • Malayalamകാട്ടുകദളി kaattukadali • Tamil:காட்டுக்கடலை kattu-k-kadalai 
botanical namesOsbeckia aspera (L.) Blume … synonymsMelastoma asperum L. • Osbeckia wightiana Benth. ex Wight & Arn. …NPGS / GRIN Show trimmed content

Lovely closeup.. thanks for sharing …

Images by Subhanjan Kayet (Id help by ES Santhosh Kumar) (Inserted by J.M.Garg)



Osbeckia sp for id request : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1)

Taken on 6 october 2015,
Place Munnar, Kerala
Petals dark purple.
Osbeckia sp?

Probably Osbeckia lineolata?

yes O. lineolata. but now synonym under O. gracilis

Images of Osbeckia aspera in FOI are of Osbeckia gracilis as per details herein.

Thanks very much … for pointing to the correct ID.

Will soon correct my notes at flickr. 


Osbeckia gracilis : 7 posts by 5 authors. Attachments (5)

Osbeckia gracilis
Eravikulam WLSnear Munnar, Kerala, in the Nilgiris. First week of October 2018

love it esp the habitat picture. says so much 

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