Melastoma malabathricum L.

Common name

English: Malabar Melastome, Straits Rhododendron

Mandarin: 野牡丹 (ye mu dan)

Classification

Kingdom: Plantae (2505)

  Phylum: Magnoliophyta (2404)

    Class: Magnoliopsida (2036)

      Order: Myrtales (71)

        Family: Melastomataceae (15) (family description)

          Genus: Melastoma (1)

           Epithet: malabathricum L. (1)

Synonyms: Melastoma affine D. Don, Melastoma candidum D. Don, Melastoma cavaleriei H. Lév. & Vaniot, Melastoma esquirolii H. Lév., Melastoma normale D. Don, Melastoma polyanthum Blume

affine => similar, related, of near alliance

candidum => pure white

esquirolii => in honor of Joseph Henri Esquirol (1870-1934), French missionary, linguist and plant collector in Yunnan, P.R. China

malabathricum => of or from the Malabar Coast, southern India

normale => normal, usual, representative of the genus

polyanthum => many flowered

Characteristics

Climate: tropical

Habitat: mesophytic

Habit: shrub

Flower colour: violet, pink

External links

Check for Melastoma malabathricum at The Plant List, GBIF or IPNI

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