Wall Osbeckia
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Wall Osbeckia
ative Photo: Pravin Kawale
Common name: Wall Osbeckia • Kannada: ಅಕ್ಕ ಜೋಗಿ ಗಿಡ akka jogi gida, ಗಿಡ್ಡ ನೆಕ್ಕರೆ gidda nekkare, ಗಿಡ್ಡ ನೆಕ್ಕರಿಕ gidda nekkarika • Malayalam: ചെന്തുമ്പ centumpa, ചെറുകുളത്തി cherukulathi, കുഞ്ഞതിരാണി kunjathirani • Marathi: गुलबेकी gulbeki • Sanskrit: तिनीशः tinisah • Tamil: செந்தும்பை cen-tumpai • Telugu: బురద అల్లి burada alli • Tulu: ದೈ ನೆಕ್ಕರೆ dai nekkare Source: Names of Plants in India
Botanical name: Osbeckia muralis    Family: Melastomataceae (Melastome family)
Synonyms: Osbeckia truncata var. kurzii, Osbeckia zeylanica Steud. ex Naud.

Wall Osbeckia is an annual herb, growing to 10-30 cm tall. The species name muralis means, found growing on walls. Stems are erect, covered with long stiff hairs. Oppositely arranged leaves are elliptic lance-shaped, 1-3 cm long, densely hairy on both sides. Leaves have 3 parallel nerves starting from the base, and are carried on 3 mm long stalks. Purple-pink flowers are borne in heads, with 2-4 leaves just under the head. Sepal tube is bell-shaped, 6-7 mm, covered with long bristly hairs. Flowers are funnel-shaped, with 4-5 petals. Fruit is oblong, 4-ribbed. Flowering: August-September.

Identification credit: Pravin Kawale Photographed in Alibag, Maharashtra.

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