Overview

Distribution

Taiwan.
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Physical Description

Morphology

Description

Shrublets 20-30 cm tall. Stems terete, appressed strigose. Petiole 2-4 mm; leaf blade oblong to lanceolate-ovate, 2-4 × 1-1.5 cm, stiffly papery, abaxially sparsely strigose but more so on veins, adaxially appressed strigose but veins glabrous, secondary veins 1 or 2 on each side of midvein, tertiary veins inconspicuous, base acute to rounded, margin entire, apex obtuse to acute. Inflorescences terminal or nearly terminal, subcapitate cymes; bracts linear-lanceolate, ca. 5 × 7.5 mm, strigose, margin ciliate. Flowers ca. 2 cm. Pedicel ca. 5 mm, densely strigose. Petals pink, obovate, 1-1.4 cm, oblique, margin minutely ciliate, apex rounded. Stamens 10 or rarely more; filaments 3.5-4 mm; anthers ovate-lanceolate, 2-2.2 mm; connective decurrent, slightly prolonged, 2-setose at base. Ovary half inferior, globose, 4-5 mm in diam., 5-celled, apically hispidulous. Fruit a berry, subglobose, ca. 6 mm in diam.; hypanthium strigose. Fl. Jul-Oct.
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Diagnostic Description

Synonym

Melastoma kudoi Sasaki; M. scaberrimum (Hayata) Y. P. Yang & H. Y. Liu; M. suffruticosum Merrill; Osbeckia scaberrima Hayata; Otanthera scaberrima (Hayata) Ohwi.
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Type Information

Isotype for Melastoma suffruticosum Merr.
Catalog Number: US 2333923
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Botany
Verification Degree: Original publication and alleged type specimen examined
Preparation: Pressed specimen
Collector(s): S. K. Lau
Year Collected: 1932
Locality: Ngai District, Naam Shan Leng., Hainan, China, Asia-Temperate
  • Isotype: Merrill, E. D. 1935. Lingnan Sci. J. 14: 42.
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Isotype for Melastoma suffruticosum Merr.
Catalog Number: US 1629121
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Botany
Verification Degree: Original publication and alleged type specimen examined
Preparation: Pressed specimen
Collector(s): S. K. Lau
Year Collected: 1932
Locality: Ngai District, Naam Shan Leng., Hainan, China, Asia-Temperate
  • Isotype: Merrill, E. D. 1935. Lingnan Sci. J. 14: 42.
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Ecology

Habitat

● Grasslands, slopes, trailsides; 100-2700 m.
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