Melastoma malabathricum

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Name and publication()

Melastoma malabathricum L., Sp. Pl. 1: 390 (1753).

Description()

The fruits of the Indian-rhododendron or Malabar melastome are rarely encountered in potpourri. Capsules are urn-shaped, brown (in the native state), 9-11 mm long x 6-8 mm wide.

Nativity and distribution()

Melastoma malabathricum is native to Asia and Australia.

Family()

Melastomataceae