||Black (Melas) mouth (stoma); the consumed berries stain one's mouth black
|| Malabar Coast, India
||Melastoma affine D. Don, Melastoma cavaleriei H. Lév. & Vaniot
||Singapore Rhododendron, Senduduk
||Madagascar, India to Malesia, and Australia
Melastoma malabathricum is a very common shrub that can be found growing at open scrubland and forest edges. It can be distinguished from its tri-veined leaves and pink flowers.
The flowers come in varying colours of dark purple, white, and pink (Corner, 1997); with the latter being the most commonly seen here.
Singapore Rhododendron clustering along a forest path.
Top and bottom view showing the tri-veined leaf.
Pink flower form.
ReferencesCorner EJH. (1997) Wayside Trees of Malaya. Volume 2. 4th edition. The Malaysian Nature Society, Kuala Lumpur. 297 pp.
Posted Date: 2014-01-22 / Modified Date: 2015-01-11