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  Tibouchina urvilleana
 
  Family: MELASTOMATACEAE
  Citation:  Tibouchina urvilleana (DC.) Cogn., Fl. Bras. 14: 358. 1885. Lasiandra urvilleana DC., Prodr. 3: 130. 1828.
  Malayalam Name(s):
  Tamil name(s):
  English name(s): Princess Flower
  Description: Large shrubs; branchlets 4-angled, densely hirsute. Leaves to 9 x 4 cm, decussate, ovate-oblong, coriaceous, velvety pubescent, 5-7 ribbed; base acute, margin entire, apex acuminate; petiole 1 cm. Panicles terminal, to 12 cm; peduncle densely puberulous. Flowers to 7 cm wide, 5-merous; pedicel 1 cm; bracts boat-shaped. Hypanthium tubular, to 3.8 cm, densely pubescent; intersepalar emergence 0; lobes oblong-lanceolate, 1.5 x 0.4 cm, densely pubescent, spreading, margin ciliate, apex acuminate. Petals 5, violet, obovate, 3.5 cm wide, spreading. Stamens 10, declinate; antesepalous 5 long (4 cm) and antepetalous 5 short (2.5 cm); anthers spurred; connectives with 2 basal tubercles. Ovary inferior, 5-celled, 10 angled; ovules numerous, axile; style 3 cm, basally gland-tipped, curved. Capsules 5-valved with persistent hypanthium, 1.5 x 0.8 cm, dehiscing loculicidally; seeds numerous.
  Habit: Shrub
  Flowering & Fruiting: August-January
  District(s): Idukki
  Medicinal:
  Habitat: Introduced as garden plant, now getting naturalised in the high ranges
  Distribution: Native of South America
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): Purple
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: Yes
  Garden: Yes
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to:
  IUCN status:
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