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Common name

English: Malabar Melastome, Straits Rhododendron

Mandarin: 野牡丹 (ye mu dan)


Kingdom: Plantae (2659)

  Phylum: Tracheophyta (2572)

    Class: Magnoliopsida (2167)

      Order: Myrtales (76)

        Family: Melastomataceae (16)(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


Climate: tropical

Habitat: mesophytic

Habit: shrub

Flower colour: violet, pink

External links

Check for Melastoma malabathricum at

World Flora Online, GBIF or IPNI

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