Melastoma malabathricum L.

Etymology Genus Black (Melas) mouth (stoma); the consumed berries stain one's mouth black
Species Malabar Coast, India
Family Melastomataceae
Synonyms Melastoma affine D. Don, Melastoma cavaleriei H. Lév. & Vaniot
Common Names Singapore Rhododendron, Senduduk
Status Native: Common
Form Shrub
Native Distribution 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.

Interesting Facts:

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.



Corner EJH. (1997) Wayside Trees of Malaya. Volume 2. 4th edition. The Malaysian Nature Society, Kuala Lumpur. 297 pp.

Author: Jake
Posted: 2014-01-22 / Modified: 2019-01-01