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Osbeckia muralis
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Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Myrtales
Family: Melastomataceae
Genus: Osbeckia

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Osbeckia is a genus of plants in the family Melastomataceae. It was named by Carl Linnaeus for the Swedish explorer and naturalist Pehr Osbeck (1723–1805).


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Osbeckia chinensis
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Profile of flower


Osbeckias are native to Eastern AsiaChina, Japan, Malaysia, India, Sri Lanka and Australasia. Some species have been investigated as herbal remedies. [1] [2] http://pharmascholars.com/PSL/Issue/770/?title=Anthocyanin%20diversity%20in%20osbeckia%20l.%20Species%20from%20munnar%20hills

Accepted species

The following 11 species are accepted botanical names according to The Plant List.

Unresolved species

Following botanical names are used in the texts, but categorized as Unresolved by The Plant List.

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  1. M. I. Thabrew; R. D. Hughes; C. D. Gove; B. Portmann; R. Williams; I. G. McFarlane (2000-04-01). "Protection by Osbeckia aspera against carbon tetrachloride-mediated alterations in microsomal drug metabolizing enzyme activity". Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology . 52 (4): 461–465. doi:10.1211/0022357001774084. PMID   10813559. S2CID   36483857.
  2. K. A. P. W. Jayatilaka & M. I. Thabrew (1995). "Protective effects of Osbeckia octandra against paracetamol-induced liver injury". Xenobiotica . 25 (9): 1009–1017. doi:10.3109/00498259509046671. PMID   8553682.