Melastoma malabathricum L., Sp. Pl. 1: 390 390 1753. (Syn: Melastoma affine D. Don; Melastoma candidum D. Don; Melastoma cavaleriei H. Lév. & Vaniot; Melastoma esquirolii H. Lév.; Melastoma malabathricum var. normale (D. Don) R.C. Srivast.; Melastoma malabathricum subsp. normale (D. Don) K.Mey.; Melastoma normale D. Don; Melastoma polyanthum Blume);
mel-LAS-toh-muh — from the Greek melas (black) and stoma (mouth) … Dave’s Botanary
mal-uh-BATH-ree-kum — of or from the Malabar Coast, southern India … Dave’s Botanary
commonly known as: Indian rhododendron, Malabar melastome • Assamese: ফুটকলা phutkala, ফুটুকা phutuka • Bengali: ফুটুকী phutuki • Garo: bol khakhu, khakhuchi • Kannada: ಅಂಕೇರ್ಕಿ ankerki, ದೊಡ್ಡ ನೆಕ್ಕರೆ dodda nekkare, ದೊಡ್ಡ ನೆಕ್ಕರಿಕ dodda nekkarika, ಕಿಂಕೆರಿಕ kinkerika • Konkani: नाकेरी nakeri • Lepcha: tungbram • Malayalam: അതിരാണി athirani, കദളി kadali, തോട്ടുകാര tottukara • Manipuri: ꯅꯨꯔꯥꯥꯈꯨꯗꯣꯡꯂꯩ nura khudonglei • Marathi: लाकेरी lakeri, पालोरे palore, रिंधा rindha • Mizo: bui-lu-kham • Nepali: आङ्गेरी angeri, चुलेसी chulesi • Odia: builukham, ଗଙ୍ଗେଇ gongoi, koroti • Rongmei: বোবূচুন্মৈ bobuchunmei • Sanskrit: तिनीशः tinisah • Tamil: கடலை katalai • Telugu: నెక్కరి nekkare, నెక్కరిసెల్య nekkaresaelya, పాతుడు pathudu • Tulu: ನೆಕ್ಕರೆ nekkare
Malabar Melastome, Indian-rhododendron • Hindi: Shapti • Manipuri: বোবূচুন্মৈ Bobuchunmei, ৰোঙমৈ Rongmei • Marathi: रिंधा Rindha, Palore • Malayalam: Palore • Telugu: Nekkarike • Kannada: Ankerki, Kinkerika • Oriya: Gongoi, Koroti • Konkani: Myetpyai • Assamese: ফুটুকী Phutuki, ফুটকলা Phutkala;
Shrubs to 1.3 m tall; stem densely covered with paleaceous pectinate hairs. Leaves 4-11 x 1.5-4 cm, elliptic-oblong, base attenuate, apex acute, upper surface prominently lineolate; lower surface tomentose, 5-ribbed, drying dull-greenish; petiole to 1.5 cm long. Flowers solitary or few in rather dense clusters, c. 5 cm across; bracts 1.2-2 x 1-1.4 cm, boat-shaped, densely paleaceous hairy. Calyx tube 0.7-1 cm long, campanulate; lobes 5, 5-7 x 4-5 mm, ovate-lanceolate, densely paleaceous hairy. Petals 5, reddish purple, 1.5-2 x 0.7 – 1 cm, obovate. Stamens 10, alternating ones large and small; anthers dimorphic, dehiscence by apical pores. Ovary ovoid, 5-locular; ovules many; style simple. Capsules 1-1.5 x 0.8-1 cm, ovoid, irregularly dehiscent. Seeds many, minute.
Flowering and fruiting: Throughout the year
Stream banks and marshy areas
South East Asia
(From India Biodiversity Portal (Melastoma malabathricum subsp. normale)
Melastoma malabathricum, known also as Malabar Melastome, Indian Rhododendron and Singapore Rhododendron (Malay: Senduduk; Thai: โคลงเคลงขี้นก, Khlong khelng khi nok) is a flowering plant in the family Melastomataceae.
It is present in China, Japan, Burma, Cambodia, Laos, India, Malaysia, Nepal, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. It is usually found between 100 and 2,800 m on grasslands and sparse forests. It has been declared a noxious weed in the United States.
This plant has been used as a medicinal plant in certain parts of the world. M. malabathricum is a known hyperaccumulator of aluminium, and as such can be used for phytoremediation.
The taxonomy of the genus Melastoma requires a complete revision. Early genetics studies were published from 2001, through to recently, but a revision based on them has yet to be. In 2001 Karsten Meyer proposed a revision in which the species Melastoma affine and other species were subsumed within this species M. malabathricum.
In Australia, currently most authorities do not accept this; instead the naturally occurring populations in Western Australia, Northern Territory, Queensland and north eastern New South Wales remain recognised as M. affine, except by authorities in Queensland. Australian populations which occur as weeds, having different flowers, for example in Warraroon Reserve, Lane Cove, Sydney, further south than the natural distribution of M. affine, are introduced plants of this M. malabathricum L. species.
(From Wikipedia on 10.8.13)
TSP-JUN2016-12-400: Images of Meastoma malabathricum (Melastomataceae) : 1 post by 1 author.
Habitat: Wild, Evergreen forest fringe.
Sighting: N.R.Pura and Kalasa, Chikmagalur, Karnataka, about 1200 msl
Date: 11-03-2015 and 01-07-2015
Melastoma malabathricum subsp. normale (D.Don) K.Meyer (accepted name) Melastoma normale D. Don (synonym) ?? : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (8)
Location: Soureni, Mirik, India
Date: 21 April 2017
Altitude: 4400 ft.
I also think matches with images at Melastoma malabathricum
Melastoma malabathricum L. (accepted name)
Melastoma malabathricum L. (accepted name) : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (6)
Location: Bhadrapur, Nepal
Date: 22 April 2017
Nepali Names : अंगेरी Angeree / चुलेसी Chulesee
Possibly the commonest Melastomataceae in India and adjoining countries.
Yes, I also think so. Recently saw it in Mount Harriet national park in Andamans.
So you visited Andamans. Did you click anything?
Yes, this Melastoma can be seen on every hillock at Port Blair.
Yeah, a few trees along the shore etc.
Melastoma malabathricum L. : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (7)
Location: Phedi, Nagarkot, Nepal
Date: 20 June 2017
Altitude: 5500 ft.
Names of Plants in India :: Melastoma malabathricum L. : 6 posts by 4 authors. 1 image.
via Species > M > Melastoma malabathricum L. … family: Melastomataceae a.k.a. Melastomaceae
Thanks … it is probably a widespread species, I have seen it in Northeast on both my tours, though could not notice from Western Himalayas till now..
Yes, …, Quite widespread. Their were earlier many varieties- now all of them come under this.
“TIBOUCHINA URVILLEANA” — My vote for Flora Picture of the year- 2008
Our gardener has the most wonderful job in the world. We share a common love for exotic flora. He would go to any length to look for the best plants and flowers for me. He is aware of the indian common names while I know the english ones. So if I am unable to describe a plant or flower to him, I draw it out to him, or I collect some leaves and we both go a hunting spree to locate the plant or find the names and ID of the same.
He got me this plant last monsoon saying, he didn’t know the name of the flower but it is really pretty and purple and I would surely love it. For almost a month I watched the plant and nothing bloomed from it. I told him it had no flowers. He was glum, and vouched that he did see some flowers and I admonished him that he must be high on bhang. Just a day later the first flower bloomed in the plant and it surely took my breath away. When I showed him the photos he face lit, “mai na kehta tha”!
Me and my husband spend two whole days trying to look for its ID and viola I am sharing it with you now.
Certainly wonderful images worth telling. It’s the real joy reflecting in seeing a beautiful plant bloom.
Here are links for Tibouchina urvilleana (princess flower, glory bush, purple glory bush):
http://www.hear.org/pier/species/ (details with a few pictures),
http://www.hear.org/starr/plants/ (lots of pictures).
Melastoma malabathricum as per Flora Fauna web
Flora of Andaman34-Melastomataceae sp??- 110111-PKA2: Melastomataceae Sp. from Mount Harriet, Andaman & Nicobar. Date/Time: 23-12-2010 / 03:45PM
– Melastoma malabathricum Linn. has been recorded from Andaman Kindly check the paper attached
at Mount Harriet
last week of december
the large bushes were about 7 to 8 feet
and in full bloom with a pleasant, but light fragrance
This is a pale coloured form of M. malabathricum
Melastoma malabathricum at Pachmarhi :: 19 SEP 13 :: DV : 3 images. 4 posts by 3 authors.
Pachmarhi … about 3600 feet ft asl
Date / Time: 19 SEP 13 at 11:53 AM … Altitude: about 3302 ft asl
Melastoma malabathricum L. … (family: Melastomataceae; a.k.a. Melastomaceae)
Bee Falls – very popular tourist place. Large evergreen patch of forest around this water falls – a very good place for exploring flora.
Id the flower : Attachments (2). 5 posts by 4 authors.
here I attached the images of a flower taken from Karali marshes, Kollam during 19th January 2014. I know the local name of this plant and flower. Once this plant was plenty in our state. Nowadays vanishing from the wetlands and open areas. Please Id the flower with scientific name
sp. of Melastoma
This is Melastoma malabathricum L.
I have seen this near Amboli. Maharashtra and in Kudremukh Karnataka
Identify this plant please (I) : 6 posts by 5 authors. Attachments (4).
Found in Bangalore
If you can give following, the ID may be possible.
2. Size of flowers/leaves in cm
Apparently this may be a cultivated sp of Osbeckia (Melastomataceae).
How about Melastoma malabathricum var. alba ?
… is right. It is Melastoma malabathricum var. alba
Melastoma malabathricum : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1).
Forgot to mention Malaysia 🙂
Melastoma malabathricum, known also as Indian Rhododendron and Singapore Rhododendron. It is known to accumulate aluminium (hyper accumulator) and can be used for phytoremediation of soils contaminated with aluminium. It is a common plant in Malaysia. I have this plant in my home garden.
Thank you for this information, …:) Have seen plenty of the purple variety growing wild in Thatekkaad. Why is this also called Malabar BLACKmouth ?!! They are so attractive, no wonder they are grown in gardens too 🙂
ANSEPT28 Melastoma malabathricum? : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1).
This has been identified as Melastoma malabathricum
Melastoma malabathricum :: Bhagamandala – Thalacauvery Road :: 22 FEB 2017 : 2 posts by 2 authors. 2 images.
Bhagamandala – Thalacauvery Road Karnataka
Date: 22 FEB 2017 … Altitude range: ~ 907 – 1122 m (2976 – 3683 ft) asl
Melastoma malabathricum L. … (family: Melastomataceae)
Bush for ID, Sylhet Bangladesh, NAW-APR17-01 : 5 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (4)- 1 MB or more.
Melastomaceae. Pl. Check the spelling.
Pl. check with images at Melastoma malabathricum
For me the ID by … is correct. Please check this link as well : http://www.natureloveyou.sg/
Thank you all.
Melastoma malabathricum at Kali Tiger Reserve : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)
Melastoma normale – efloraofindia | Google Groups
Flower for Id – 20052019SH1 : 10 posts by 5 authors. Attachments (1)
Flower for id pl.
Melastoma sp. Melastomataceae.
5000 ft.above sea level
Melastoma malabathricum L. ??
Yes, Melastoma malabathricum as suggested by …
Amboli, MH :: Melastoma malabathricum :: ARK2021-109: 4 images.
Requesting a shrub id: 1 high res. image.
A shrub with very thick leaves, margin has a outline of serrate hairs, opp-deccusate.
Indian Institute of Science Education and Research campus, Thiruvananthapuram.
It was found growing amidst other vegetation in the rocky cliffs.
Please check Osbeckia !
Pl. post a side view showing the calyx.
Maybe Melastoma malabathricum L. as per images and details herein.
Melastoma malbathricum from Korba_Chhattisgarh Forest: 3 images.
Thanks for sharing beautiful images. The ID seems to be correct. It is a medicinal plant.
MS, March, 2023/06 Melastoma sp. ? for id: 2 images.
Altitude : ca.1,250 m
Date : 18-03-2023
Habit : Shrub
Habitat : Wild
Melastoma malabathricum L.
The Plant List Ver.1.1 GRIN Flora of China Flowers of India Wikipedia India Biodiversity Portal (Melastoma malabathricum subsp. normale) India Biodiversity Portal (Melastoma malabathricum ssp. malabathricum) info fact sheet, photos Melastoma malabathricum L. Melastoma malabathricum subsp.normale – Himalayan Melastome