Regularity: Regularly occurring
South East Asia
State - Kerala, District/s: All Districts"
"... one of the ﬁrst bushes to appear in the waste ﬁelds of lalang grass, where the seeds are dropped by pigeons and bulbuls." (Ridley 1930)
- HN Ridley (1930) The dispersal of plants throughout the world. London: L. Reeve.
- RT Corlett (1991) Plant succession on degraded land in Singapore. Journal of Tropical Forest Science 4(2): 151-161.
Life History and Behavior
National NatureServe Conservation Status
Rounded National Status Rank: NNA - Not Applicable
Relevance to Humans and Ecosystems
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 Indonesia, 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.
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.
- Malabar Melastome
- Melastoma malabathricum - Flora of China
- Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN)
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- Distribution and chemical speciation of aluminum in the Al accumulator plant, Melastoma malabathricum L. By Toshihiro Watanabe, Mitsuru Osaki, Teruhiko Yoshihara and Toshiaki Tadano. In journal “Plant and Soil”. Ed. Springer Netherlands, Volume 201, Number 2 / April, 1998. pp. 165-173. ISSN 0032-079X (Print) 1573-5036 (Online). DOI 10.1023/A:1004341415878.
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- "Melastoma%". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), Integrated Botanical Information System (IBIS) database (listing by % wildcard matching of all taxa relevant to Australia). Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government. Retrieved 18 June 2013.
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Melastoma polyanthum is a species of shrubs, of the plant family Melastomataceae. It widely distributed across Southeast Asia through to Australia, where it occurs mainly near the coasts of the north and east of the country. Common names include Lasiandra, Blue Tongue, Straits Rhododendron and Chinese Wild Peony. Its fruits are edible though staining the mouth black, and the leaves and sap are used in herbal medicine.
M. polyanthum is a shrub, to 2.5 metres. The leaves are opposite, elliptical, coarsely hairy, with three longitudinal veins. The 8 mm petiole too is hairy. The bark is gray and scaly. The flowers are purple, to 8 cm, with yellow stamens. There are 5 petals.
The plant is used to make grass jelly (cincau perdu) in Indonesia. The fruits ripen to dark gray, and contain an edible purple pulp around the seeds. It stains the mouth black (hence the name of the genus).
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- "Melastoma affine". Atlas of Living Australia. Australian Government. Retrieved 2 Jan 2013.
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- "Melastoma polyanthum". Retrieved 2 Jan 2013.
- "Melastoma polyanthum Blume". Missouri Botanical Garden. 2013. Retrieved 2 Jan 2013.
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