21 December 2012


These are all plants from the Melastomataceae Family - Clidemia hirta, Dissotis rotundifolia, Medinilla and Memecylon caeruleum.

Some of the characteristics of plants from this Family are as follows although there will always be exceptions:
  • opposite or decussate leaves
  • 3-5 veined leaves
  • actinomorphic (radial symmetry) 5 petaled flowers
  • stamens double the number of petals
  • stamens with horns, knobs
  • fruit is a berry
  • estipulate