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  Osbeckia reticulata
 
  Family: MELASTOMATACEAE
  Citation:  Osbeckia reticulata Bedd., Trans. Linn. Soc. London 25: 216. 1865; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 2: 520. 1879; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 493(348). 1919; Hansen, Ginkgoana 4: 115. 1977.
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  Description: Shrub; branchlets rusty. Leaves 5-8 x 2.5-4.5 cm, coriaceous, strigose, dark green above, paler below, 5-7-nerved, base obtuse, margin serrulate, apex acute; petiole 1 cm. Cymes terminal, to 6(8) cm, 4-6-flowered; peduncle 0. Flowers 5-merous, 6 cm wide. Hypanthium urceolate, 1.5 x 1.4 cm; intersepalar emergences stalked, cupular, 7 x 3 mm; lobes 5, oblong, 9 x 4 mm; bristle hairs both simple and stellate. Petals 5, purple-rose, orbicular, 4 x 3 cm. Stamens 10, to 2 cm; filaments 1 cm; anthers equal to, or slightly longer than, filaments, oblong, slightly beaked. Ovary 5-celled, 10-lobed; style 2.5 cm. Capsule urceolate, 1.8 x 1.8 cm; seeds numerous.
  Habit: Shrub
  Flowering & Fruiting: December-August
  District(s): Idukki
  Medicinal:
  Habitat: High altitude grasslands
  Distribution: Southern Western Ghats
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): Violet
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: No
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to: Southern Western Ghats
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  Localities: Kanthaloor forests
   
 
   
 
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