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Slender Osbeckia   
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Slender Osbeckia
P Native Photo: Dinesh Valke
Common name: Slender Osbeckia
Botanical name: Osbeckia gracilis    Family: Melastomataceae (Melastome family)
Synonyms: Osbeckia lineolata, Osbeckia sublaevis

Slender Osbeckia is a stout shrubs with branches glaucous, hairless. Leaves are up to 3.5 x 2 cm, elliptic-oblong, blunt at tip and base, cuspidate, yellowish green, densely covered with half-adnated hairs spreading from midrib, 3-ribbed; leaf-stalk 3 mm long. Flowers are borne in stalked cymes at branch-ends. Sepals tube is 7 mm long, densely simple-hairy, sepals 4 x 3 mm, ovate-oblong, blunt, fringed with hairs. Petals are 1.5 x 1.2 cm, obovate, fringed with hairs, pink; anthers 5 mm long. Slender Osbeckia is endemic to Southern Western Ghats. Flowering: January-April.

Identification credit: J.M. Garg Photographed in Eravilulam National Park, Munnar, Kerala.

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