Comparative images of this family except for genara Memecylon, Osbeckia and Sonerila are given below:



Melastoma malabathricum L.


Images by J.M.Garg & Raghu Ananth Identified by (Inserted by J.M.Garg)  

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Images by Sushmita Jha & Kiran Srivastava (Identified by Swapna Prabhu) (Inserted by J.M.Garg) 


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Sarcopyramis napalensis Wall.


Images by Raju Das, Identification by Ritesh Kumar Choudhary (Inserted by J.M.Garg) 

Images by Dinesh Singh Rawat, Identification by DSRawat & Susanne Renner (Inserted by J.M.Garg)  

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Images by Girish Kumar, Identification by P.S.UDAYAN (Inserted by J.M.Garg) 

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FAMILY OF THE WEEK : MELASTOMACEAE
vegetative characters:
Herbs, shrubs or rarely trees. Leaves opposite, entirely of nearly so, often palmately 3-7 nerved; stipules none. Flowers regular, bisexual, in spikes, panicles or corymbs, rarely solitary or clustered. Calyx-tube adnate to the ovary and more or less prolonged beyond it; limb 4-5 lobed, lobes deciduous. Petals as many as the calyx-lobes, on the margin of the calyx-limb. Stamens as many or twice as many as the petals, inserted with them; filaments inflexed in the bud; connective generally prolonged and often much enlarged. Ovary 4-5 celled (in Memecylon 1-celled); ovules very many (except in Memecylon); seeds minute, very many (in Memecylon one only).
Leaves palmately 3-7 nerved. Stamens unequal, seeds many–MELASTOMA.
Leaves penninerved. Stamens equal, seed one–MEMECYLON.
Examples:
Melastoma malabathricum.
Memecylon umbellatum (Anjani) 

  

Pl. go through species page of Melastomataceae with images of species in efloraofindia.

If you find any mis-identification, pl. let us know.

If anybody can send images of other species of this family (for incorporation in the website), it will be really nice.

Also, if anybody is interested to take up the activity of inserting images on efloraofindia pages from efloraofindia posts, pl. let me know.


Species, genera & family pages of‎‎‎ Melastomataceae are now with images. I request you to pl. go through & point out mistakes, if any. I hope this will aid in identifications in future. If anybody can send images of other species of this family (for incorporation in the website), if any, or can identify unidentified images, it will be really nice.


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