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(family Melastomataceae)

A genus of shrubs in which the leaves have 3 main nerves. The flowers are showy, mauve, pentamerous, with 5 big and 5 small stamens. The fruits are fleshy capsules. M. malabathricum, a weedy shrub, is the straits rhododendron. There are about 70 species, occurring from southern China to the Pacific islands.

Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry.

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