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