Tristemma mauritianum (Melastomataceae)

Tristemma mauritianum

In many ways, Tristemma – what this attractive shrub is called for the lack of a better common name, is a very archetypal member of the Melastome family. A three nerved leaf arranged opposite to each other, a very angular stem and a pink attractive flower. Such bold features. Much more robust looking than the native Melastome (Melastoma malabathricum) and the fruits have interesting lines certainly an unforgettable plant. Little wonder it was introduced into Far North Queensland. According to the Australian Rainforest Key, this introduction probably happened very early in the late 1800’s, allegedly by a family from Mauritus that settled here.

Tristemma mauritianum

Tristemma mauritianum

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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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