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  Osbeckia gracilis
 
  Family: MELASTOMATACEAE
  Citation:  Osbeckia gracilis Bedd., Madras J. Lit. Sci. ser. 3, 1: 45. 1864; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 2: 518. 1879; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 494(349). 1919; Mohanan, Fl. Quilon Dist. 187. 1984; M. Mohanan & Henry, Fl. Thiruvanthapuram 198. 1994; Sasidh., Fl. Shenduruny WLS 130. 1997; Sasidh., Fl. Periyar Tiger Reserve 144. 1998; Sasidh., Fl. Parambikulam WLS 127. 2002; Ratheesh Narayanan, Fl. Stud. Wayanad Dist. 373. 2009. Osbeckia sublaevis Cogn. in A. & C. DC., Monogr. Phan. 7:321.1891; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 492(348). 1919. Osbeckia lineolata Gamble, Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1918: 241. 1918 & Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 492(347). 1919; Pradeep, Fl. Vellarimala 64. 2000. Osbeckia lineolata Gamble var. anamalayana Giri & M.P. Nayar, Bull. Bot. Surv. India 25: 244. 1983.
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  Description: 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.
  Habit: Shrub
  Flowering & Fruiting: January-April
  District(s): Palakkad, Kozhikkode, Idukki, Kollam, Thiruvananthapuram, Wayanad, Kannur
  Medicinal:
  Habitat: Moist deciduous and shola forests
  Distribution: Southern Western Ghats
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): Blue, Violet
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: No
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to: Southern Western Ghats
  IUCN status:
  Altitude: -2100
  Localities: Pongumala, Thekkady, Karimala, Devicolam, Kanjhippara
   
 
   
 
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