Melastoma malabathricum

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Melastoma malabathricum
Melastoma malabathricum


Taxonavigation: Myrtales 
Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Rosids
Cladus: Eurosids II
Ordo: Myrtales

Familia: Melastomataceae
Subfamilia: Melastomatoideae
Tribus: Melastomateae
Genus: Melastoma
Species: Melastoma malabathricum
Subspecies: M. m. subsp. malabathricum – M. m. var. mariannum – M. m. subsp. normale



Melastoma malabathricum L., 1753


  • Homotypic
    • Melastoma malabathricum var. polyanthum Benth. in Fl. Austral. 3: 292 (1867), not validly publ.
    • Melastoma polyanthum Blume in Flora 14: 481 (1831), nom. superfl.


Native distribution areas:
  • Continental: Asia-Tropical
  • ^* Regional: Indian subcontinent
      • Andaman Is., Assam, East Himalaya , India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Tibet
  • ^* Regional: Southeastern Asia
      • Bismarck Archipelago, Borneo, Jawa, Kazan-retto, Malaya, Maluku, Marianas, Myanmar, Nansei-shoto, Philippines, Sulawesi, Sumatera, Thailand
  • ^* Regional: Indo-China
      • Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam
  • ^* Regional: China
      • China South-Central, China Southeast, Hainan, Taiwan
  • Continental: Australasia
  • ^* Regional: Papuasia
      • New Guinea
  • ^* Regional: Australia
      • New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, Western Australia
  • Continental: Pacific
  • ^* Regional: Southwestern Pacific
      • Caroline Is., Lesser Sunda Is., Nicobar Is., Solomon Is.
  • Continental: Africa
  • ^* Regional: Mascareñas
      • Seychelles
    • Introduced into:
      • Cuba, Florida, Hawaii, Jamaica, Madagascar, Mauritius, Trinidad-Tobago

References: Brummitt, R.K. 2001. TDWG – World Geographical Scheme for Recording Plant Distributions, 2nd Edition



Primary references


Additional references

  • Blumea; Tijdschrift voor de Systematiek en de Geografie der Planten (A Journal of Plant Taxonomy and Plant Geography). Leiden 46:368. 2001

Vernacular names

English: Indian-rhododendron, Malabar melastome
中文: 野牡丹
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