Palani Sonerilla
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Palani Sonerilla
P Native Photo: P.S. Sivaprasad
Common name: Palani Sonerilla
Botanical name: Sonerila pulneyensis    Family: Melastomataceae (Melastome family)

Palani Sonerilla is a herb with branchlets hairless, glossy, somewhat fleshy. It is named after Palani Hills of Tamil Nadu and Kerala, where it was first found. Leaves are ovate, 1-3 x 1-2 cm, somewhat fleshy, hairless, 1-nerved, base blunt, margin sawtoothed, tip pointed; leaf-stalk 8 mm. Flowers are borne in 5-flowered umbel-like cymes at branch-ends, also in leaf-axils.flowered. Flowers are 3-merous. Sepals cup is hairless, glossy; sepals 3, often falling off. Petals are 3, rose. Stamens are 3, equal; anthers basifixed. Ovary is 3-celled; ovules many; style thread-like. Capsules are urn-shaped, 1 x 0.8 cm, hairless, glossy, dry; stalk 1 cm; seeds numerous. Palani Sonerilla is endemic to Southern Western Ghats. Flowering: October-February.

Identification credit: P.S. Sivaprasad Photographed in Eravikulam National Park, Munnar, Kerala.

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