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Wondrous magenta and purple seeds on rosy stems... Rose Grape Medinilla | by jungle mama
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Wondrous magenta and purple seeds on rosy stems... Rose Grape Medinilla

I love the light and color, the rosy stems reaching out geometrically to support developing berries. And look closely at the flowers falling away, leaving the cuplike sepal which will become the form of the magenta seed.


The light steaming in from the upper right creates seafoam blue spaces that complement the rosy stems and pearl- like magenta berries. Ah, Mother Nature! How do you do it?


Medinilla is a genus of about 150 species of flowering plants in the family Melastomataceae, native to tropical regions of the Old World from Africa (two species) east through Madagascar (about 70 species) and southern Asia to the western Pacific Ocean islands. The genus was named after J. de Medinilla, governor of the Mariana Islands in 1820.


They are evergreen shrubs or lianas. The leaves are opposite or whorled, or alternate in some species. The flowers are white or pink, produced in large panicles. This species is forgiving and relatively tolerant of alkaline soil, chilly nights and bright sunlight. Easy to grow as distinguished from Medinillia magnifica which has showy pink bracts. Highly recommended.


Rose Grape Medinilla, Medinilla myriantha Melastoma

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens, Miami, FL


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Taken on October 30, 2010