Botanic Guru
Home More Back Next

Straits Rhododendron
Melastoma malabathricum

English Common Name: Straits Rhododendron

Chinese Name / 中文名: 野牡丹 (Yě mǔdān)

Other Local Name: Senduduk (Malay)

Family Name: Melastomataceae

Scientific Name: Melastoma malabathricum

Synonym: Melastoma affine, Melastoma candidum, Melastoma cavaleriei, Melastoma esquirolii, Melastoma normale, Melastoma polyanthum

Classification: Angiosperms (Flowering Plants)‎ > ‎Magnoliophyta (Flowering Plants Division) > ‎Myrtales‎ > ‎Melastomataceae (Melastoma Family)‎ > ‎Melastoma

Origin: South and Southeast Asia

Growth Habit: Shrub

Characteristic: A shrub normally grows by the road side with purplish pink flowers.

Care Requirements: Prefers partial to full sun and moderate watering.

Uses: Traditional medicine

Images Location: Malaysia

Melastoma malabathricum flower