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  Osbeckia minor
 
  Family: MELASTOMATACEAE
  Citation:  Osbeckia minor Triana, Trans. Linn. Soc. London 28: 55. 1871; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 492(347). 1919; Subram., Fl. Thenmala Div. 142. 1995; Mohanan & Sivad., Fl. Agasthyamala 279. 2002.
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  Description: Small shrubs, bushy-branched. Stem scabrid with short and long hairs mixed. Leaves small, 0.8-1.5 x 0.6-1 cm, elliptic, acute at apex, attenuate at base, 3-ribbed, upper side with stout and slender hairs mixed, all adnate except for mucronate tip, lower side with long hairs on ribs and short ones on lamina. Cymes terminal, 1-3 flowered. Calyx tube 0.5-0.6 cm, campanulate; lobes 5, 0.2-0.25 cm, ovate lanceolate, ciliate on margins, tube with simple hairs; appendage with 3 bristles. Petals purple, 0.6-0.8 x c. 0.3 cm. Stamens 10; anthers 0.5-0.6 cm long; style exserted, 1-1.2 cm long; ovary topped with stiff tufted hairs. Capsules cylindric, 0.4-0.5 cm long, 0.3-0.35 cm diam.
  Habit: Shrub
  Flowering & Fruiting: April-June
  District(s): Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam
  Medicinal:
  Habitat: Evergreen forests
  Distribution: Southern Western Ghats
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): Purple
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: No
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to: Southern Western Ghats
  IUCN status:
  Altitude: 600-900
  Localities: Kulathupuzha, Athirumala
   
 
   
 
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