Malabar Melastome

Melastoma malabathricum (?)

Melastomataceae from Kakamega Forest, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

Observed near Isiukhu Falls in the Kakamega Forest Preserve, Kenya, Africa. 12 October 2010.

developing fruit of a Melastomataceae, photo © Michael Plagens

Plants belonging to the family Melastomataceae are usually easy to recognize because the leaves have prominent, parallel veins. The structure of the flowers is also helpful in recognizing the family. The petals and sepals are born in a ring above the developing ovary/fruit. This example is likely an escape from cultivation from stock originating in Southeast Asia.

Melastomataceae -- Melastome Family

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Kenya Natural History

Copyright Michael J. Plagens, Created on 27 February 2011,
updated 15 July 2019.