Roundleaf Sonerila
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Roundleaf Sonerila
P Native Photo: Paulmathi Vinod
Common name: Roundleaf Sonerila
Botanical name: Sonerila rotundifolia    Family: Melastomataceae (Melastome family)
Synonyms: Cassebeeria rotundifolia

Roundleaf Sonerila is a stemless herbs with few, 6.5-8 cm across, round leaves which are deeply heart-shaped at base, rounded toothed, 9-ribbed from base, hairy along the nerves, reddish brown, carried on leaf-stalks up to 12 cm long. Flower-cluster-stalk is up to 15 cm long, 8-10 flowered. Flowers are 2.5 cm across, confined to the top of the flowering stem in a scorpioidal cyme. Flower-stalks are 1 cm long, pink; sepals 1.5 x 3 mm, triangular; petals 12 x 9 mm, obovate, pink; anthers 6 mm long, tapering, deeply cleft at base; filaments 7 mm long; style 11 mm long. Roundleaf Sonerila is endemic to Southern Western Ghats. Flowering: July-October.

Identification credit: Paulmathi Vinod Photographed in Munnar, Kerala.

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