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Osbeckia chinensis, drawn by Osbeck
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Myrtales
Family: Melastomataceae
Genus: Osbeckia

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

Osbeckias are native to Eastern Asia — China, Japan, Malaysia and Australasia. Some species have been investigated as herbal remedies.[1][2]

Selected species
  • Osbeckia aspera
  • Osbeckia australiana
  • Osbeckia chinensis
  • Osbeckia crinita
  • Osbeckia octandra
  • Osbeckia opipara
  • Osbeckia rostrata
  • Osbeckia rubicunda
  • Osbeckia stellata
  • Osbeckia zeylanica


  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.
  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. PMID 8553682.
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