Medinilla balls-headleyi (Melastomataceae)

Medinilla balls-headleyi

This is a very attractive climber of rainforest endemic to Queensland. This species is recognizable by the three nearved leaves, scrambling habit and clusters of pink fruit. Some of the anthers (structures that bear the pollen grains) have a curved ‘claw-like’ appearance.

Medinilla balls-headleyi

Medinilla balls-headleyi

This species is a relative of the highly ornamental tropical climber Medinilla magnifica of the Philippines, which is planted widely in tropical gardens.

Medinilla balls-headleyi

I will not start to speculate on what the specific epithet means.

About David Tng

I am David Tng, a hedonistic botanizer who pursues plants with a fervour. I chase the opportunity to delve into various aspects of the study of plants. I have spent untold hours staring at mosses and allied plants, taking picture of pollen, culturing orchids in clean cabinets, counting tree rings, monitoring plant flowering times, etc. I am currently engrossed in the study of plant ecology (a grand excuse to see 'anything I can). Sometimes I think of myself as a shadow taxonomist, a sentimental ecologist, and a spiritual environmentalist - but at the very root of it all, a "plant whisperer"!
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