Rhodomyrtus tomentosa (Aiton) Hassk.

Etymology Genus From Greek, rhodo (red) & myrtos (myrtle), referring to the red, myrtle-like flowers
Species Hairy, of the leaf underside
Family Myrtaceae
Synonyms Cynomyrtus tomentosa (Aiton) Scriv., Myrtus tomentosa Aiton
Common Names Rose Myrtle
Status Native: Common
Form Shrub
Native Distribution China, India Subcontinent, Indochina, Malesia


Growing up to 3m tall, Rhodomyrtus tomentosa has opposite leaves with 3 distinct veins. The underside of the young leaves are often woolly white. Most obvious are its attractive and frequent-blooming pink flowers. In Singapore, it is found along sandy beaches and also Adinandra Belukar forests.

Interesting Facts:

The Rose Myrtle has been used for traditional Chinese & Malay medicine, including treatment for "acute and chronic gastroenteritis, stomach ache, dyspepsia and hepatitis, skin infections and also as an antiseptic"; among many others (Globinmed, 2016).

Small shrub at Galang Island, Batam, 2019.

Leaf underside.


Rose pink flower.


Globinmed. (2016) Rhodomyrtus tomentosa (Aiton) Hassk. Global Information Hub on Integrated Science, Institute of Medical Research, Ministry of Health, Malaysia. http://www.globinmed.com. Accessed on 2-Nov-2019.

Author: Jake
Posted: 2019-11-02 / Modified: 2019-11-03