Manipur Forest Flora
A Comprehensive Database of Ligneous Plants of Manipur (India)
Designed & Developed by Forest Research Institute, Dehradun

Complete Taxonomic details of Species: Melastoma malabathricum L.

Family: Melastomataceae Genus: Melastoma Species: Melastoma malabathricum L.






Synonym Melastoma affine D. Don, Melastoma candidum D. Don Flower Color Blue - Purple
Common Name Himalayan Melastome, Kadalai, Nakkukaruppan Flower Type Solitary
English / Trade Name Himalayan Melastome Flowering Period April-June
Vernacular /Local Name Yachubi Fruiting Period July-Sept
Altitude Up to 1500 m Fruit Type Capsule
Habit Shrub Fruit Details Fruit 1-1.5 X 0.8-1 cm, ovoid, irregularly dehiscent seeds many, minute
Habitat Occurs in stream banks and marshy areas Bark Type Smooth
Distribution India, Indonesia, Japan, Burma, Cambodia, Laos,Malaysia, Nepal, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam Bark Details Smooth grey bark
Distribution in manipur Eastern Origin Native
    Leaf Type Simple
    Leaf Arrangement Opposite (leaves in pairs along stem)
    Leaf Shape Elliptic
Description of Species Shrub up to 6 m tall and 11 cm dbh. Stipules absent. Leaves opposite, simple, tripli-veined, tertiary venation ladder-like, densely hairy (stiff thick hairs), lower surface whitish-yellow. Flowers ca. 35 mm diameter, purplish, placed in axillary clusters or solitary. Fruits ca. 9 mm diameter, yellowish-grey, fleshy capsules densely covered with hairs, opening to expose brightly coloroured to black seeds with aril Leaf Details Leaves 4-11 X 1.5-4 cm, base attenuate, apex acute, upper surface prominentlylineolate; lower surface tomentose, 5-ribbed, drying dull-greenish; petiole to 1.5 cm long

Specimen's Details / Live Plants Details

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