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Kingdom: Plantae (2629)

  Phylum: Tracheophyta (2532)

    Class: Magnoliopsida (2141)

      Order: Myrtales (76)

        Family: Melastomataceae (16)(family description)

          Genus: Melastomastrum (1)

            Epithet: capitatum (Vahl) A.Fern. & R.Fern. (3)

Synonyms: Dissotis capitata (Benth.) Hook.fil., Dissotis erecta (Guill. & Perr.) Dandy, Heterotis capitata Benth., Heterotis vogelii Benth., Melastoma capitatum Vahl, Melastomastrum erectum Naud., Tristemma capitatum (Vahl) Triana, Tristemma erectum Guill. & Perr.

capitata => head-shaped, as ahead of composite bloom

capitatum => head-shaped, as ahead of composite bloom

erecta => upright, perpendicular

erectum => upright, perpendicular

vogelii => in honor of Dr. Theodore Vogel, botanist to the voyage of the expedition sent by Her Britannic Majesty to the river Niger in 1841


Climate: tropical

Habit: shrub

Flower colour: violet, pink

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