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Melastomataceae

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 ans sepals are born in a ring above the developing ovary/fruit.

Melastomataceae -- Melastome Family

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Copyright Michael J. Plagens, Created on 27 February 2011