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  Osbeckia aspera var. travancorica
 
  Family: MELASTOMATACEAE
  Citation:  Osbeckia aspera (L.) Blume var. travancorica (Bedd. ex Gamble) Hansen, Ginkgoana, 4: 84. 1977; Mohanan, Fl. Quilon Dist. 187. 1984; Babu, Fl. Malappuram Dist. 257. 1990; M. Mohanan & Henry, Fl. Thiruvanthapuram 198. 1994; Sasidh. & Sivar., Fl. Pl. Thrissur For. 190. 1996; Sivar. & Mathew, Fl. Nilambur 272. 1997; Sasidh., Fl. Periyar Tiger Reserve 144. 1998; Sasidh., Fl. Parambikulam WLS 127. 2002; Anil Kumar et al., Fl. Pathanamthitta 222. 2005. Osbeckia travancorica Bedd. ex Gamble, Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1919: 404. 1919 & Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 493(348). 1919.
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  Description: Shrubs or perennial herbs; branches covered with reddish retrose bristles. Leaves to 15 x 5 cm, ovate-oblong, acuminate, 7-ribbed, covered with adpressed hairs above and below; petiole 1 cm long. Flowers 6 cm across, 5-15 together in terminal cymes, bracts 1 cm across, orbicular; calyx cup 13 mm long, densely covered with stalked bristles, lobes 7 x 4 mm, obovate, emarginate, bristled; intersepalar emergences with stellate bristles; petals 3.5 x 2.5 cm, obovate, pink; filaments 13 mm long, anthers 9 mm long, acuminate, constricted at base.
  Habit: Shrub
  Flowering & Fruiting: October-December
  District(s): Palakkad, Kollam, Idukki, Pathanamthitta, Malappuram, Thiruvananthapuram, Thrissur
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  Habitat: Grasslands
  Distribution: Southern Western Ghats
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): Purple, Pink
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: No
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to: Southern Western Ghats
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  Localities: Peechi, Vallakkadavu, Koruthode, Vengoli, Ranni, Agastyarkudam, Nadugani ghats
   
 
   
 
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