Nepal Osbeckia   
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Nepal Osbeckia
ative Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Nepal Osbeckia
Botanical name: Osbeckia nepalensis    Family: Melastomataceae (Melastome family)
Synonyms: Osbeckia speciosa

Nepal Osbeckia is a shrub growing to 1 m or more, with 4-angled branches covered with adpressed hairs. Lancelike leaves with entire margins have 3-5 parallel veins. Handsome flowers are mauve-purple or white, 3-5 cm across, in rather dense branched clusters at the end of branches. Sepals are covered with large flat scales, fringed with bristles. Stamens are straight, and all similar. The anthers also do not have apical beaks which are seen in Melastoma malabathricum. It is found at altitudes of 600-2300 m. Flowering: July-November.
Photographed in Munnar, Kerala.
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