Khasi Sonerila
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Khasi Sonerila
P Native Photo: Amber Srivastava
Common name: Khasi Sonerila
Botanical name: Sonerila khasiana    Family: Melastomataceae (Melastome family)
Synonyms: Cassebeeria khasiana

Khasi Sonerila is a stemless herb with bristly leaves and mauve to pink flowers borne in 1-4-flowered clusters, on 2.5-6 cm long flower-cluster-stalks. Flowers are about 1.5 cm across, with petals elliptic pointed, about 8 mm long. Stamens are prominent with long yellow anthers. Leaves are ovate, often pointed, entire, fringed with hairs, 5-nerved from the base, or the 2 upper nerves arising from the midrib. Leaves usually have scattered bristly hairs above. Leaf-stalks are 1.2-3.5 cm long. There are bundles of rufous bristles 3-6 mm long, at the base of leaf-stalks. Capsules are oblong, 3-5 mm, shorter than flower-stalks. Khasi Sonerila is found in Eastern Himalayas, from Nepal, S-Tibet, to NE India (prominently in the hills of Meghalaya), Myanmar, Bhutan, at altitudes of 1300-1600 m.

Identification credit: Durgesh Verma Photographed in Pynursula, Shillong Meghalaya.

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