Sonerila tenera Royle, Ill. Bot. Himal. Mts. 215, pl. 45, f. 2 1834. (syn: Cassebeeria brachyandra (Naud.) Kuntze; Cassebeeria tenera (Royle) Kuntze; Sonerila brachyandra Naud.);
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This herb was shot from among roadside vegetation near the Shilling Area… flowers nearly 1 cm across, pinkish, three petals with acute tip, fruit a hairy capsule …id help requested…


Yes another interesting plant, hope to know its ID


Looks like an ally of Sonerila (Melastomataceae).


Thanks … for the clue.. yes … had also opined the same when we saw this in field… any Sonerila sp.


Please check Sonerila erecta (=S.tenera). S.tenera is more common in outer Himalaya upto 1000m altitude.


It is sonnerila tennera.


Catalogue of life gives both Sonerila erecta Jack (with no distribution in India) and Sonerila tenera Royle as separate species.

Checklist of Nepal only mentions Sonerila tenera Royle

In view, I am taking our plant as Sonerila tenera Royle



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AKNOV01 Sonerila sp. ? : 4 posts by 3 authors. 4 images.

Location: Lacchiwala forest range, Dehradun
Sorry for the image quality, the plant was too tiny for my lens!

Nov 2014


Here are the fruits. 1 image.


Please check for Sonerila erecta (=S.tenera).

Sonerila page in eFI.


I agree with … regarding Sonerila erecta


Catalogue of life gives both Sonerila erecta Jack (with no distribution in India) and Sonerila tenera Royle as separate species.
Checklist of Nepal only mentions Sonerila tenera Royle
In view, I am taking our plant as Sonerila tenera Royle


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Sonerila stricta Hook. : 14 posts by 4 authors. 9 images- around 1 mb to 7 mb.
Location:  Batase Danda, Palpa
Date: 24 September 2019
Elevation:1400 m.
Habit : Wild 
Syn : Sonerila tenera R.Br

Attachments (1)- 7 mb.

Attachments (4) – 755kb, 897 kb 1 & 2 mb.

Attachments (1)- 7 mb.


is there any reference you have?


I have referred ACFPoN, net, FoI, efi, POWO etc and guessed the ID. I may be wrong. Hope other members would help to validate.


To me looks different from Sonerila stricta Hook from GBIF (only two specimens- both look different), Plant illustrationsThe Botanical Magazine: Or, Flower Garden Displayed Etc, Volume 74 By William Curtis


Check with the keys in Flora of Bhutan.


I guess it is matching with Sonerila khasiana C.B.Clarke
Flora of Bhutan : S. khasiana Clarke
Small herb, stemless. Leaves ovate, 1.4 —2 x 0.9 —l.2cm. acute, truncate to cordate at base, senulate and ciliate, with scattered pilose hairs mainly on upper surface; petiole 10 —32mm, rufous bristles at base. Peduncle 1.6 —5cm. Calyx 1 tubular, 4 – 5mm, lobes c lmm. Petals mauve to red, obovate, acute, 7 —8mm. Stamens 8 —8.5mm; anthers 3.7 —5.2mm. Capsule oblong.

Looks different from images of … at Sonerila khasiana


There are only 2 more left among the listed 4 . S..maculata looks completely different. S. stricta ?
What do you think …?


Haven’t come across this spp yet.
But doesn’t appear to be either S. stricta or S. tenere, as seen from herbarium sheets available on the net.
The leaves here are more basal. If I come across something resembling this, will let you know.


Thank you …! I guess there is no chance of resemblance with S.khasiana.
I am afraid it won’t turned out to be a new sp.😁!


I think close to images at Sonerila tenera Royle


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