Wallich's Sonerila
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Wallich's Sonerila
P Native Photo: P.S. Sivaprasad
Common name: Wallich's Sonerila
Botanical name: Sonerila wallichii    Family: Melastomataceae (Melastome family)
Synonyms: Cassebeeria maculata, Cassebeeria wallichii, Sonerila acaulis

Wallich's Sonerila is a herb with pink flowers borne on a leafless flowering-stem. Leaves are 1-3 per plant; 5 x 3 cm, ovate, pointed, heart-shaped at base, minutely toothed. Leaf-blade is 12-14 nerved. Three pairs of nerves arising from the base of the leaf and 3-4 pairs from the midrib, sparsely hairy to hairless above, hairless below. Leaf-stalks are 1-3 cm long. Flowering stem is up to 9 cm long, glandular hairy; 4-6 flowered. Flowers are 1 cm across, flower-stalks are 5 mm long; sepals triangular, hairy; petals 5 x 4 mm, elliptic, pointed, pink; anther 2 mm long, pointed; style 5 mm long, hairless. Capsule is 2.5 x 2.5 mm, hemispheric, glandular hairy. Wallich's Sonerila is endemic to Southern Western Ghats. Flowering: August-November.

Identification credit: P.S. Sivaprasad Photographed in Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary, District Kannur, Kerala.

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