The genus Osbeckia (Melastomataceae) in India

Prashob P.* & Sibichen M. Thomas

Published on : 31-Dec-2019



The genus Osbeckia L. comprises about 50 species worldwide, is principally Asiatic in distribution. The genus is represented by 23 species and 4 varieties under four sections in India. The main centers of endemism are in Eastern Himalayas and the Western Ghats. A taxonomic treatment of Osbeckia in India is presented here with morphological descriptions, geographic distribution, notes, photo plates and identification key for sections, species and infra-specific taxa. Seven names are lectotypified and eight names are synonymised.