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Melastoma malabathricum var. alba
(Blue Tongue, Native Lassiandra - White Form)
Shrub to 2m, moist areas. Leaves opposite, 5 longitudinal veins. 5-petalled flowers, all year. Edible fruit. White form is rare.
Where to look: White form in the Rain Garden & near the Friends Shelter.
Shrub, semi-deciduous to 2m. Leaves opposite, hairless to 9cm. Milky sap. White 5-petalled perfumed flowers to 25mm. Banana shaped yellow fruit to 4.5cm, often in pairs, opens to show red seeds POISONOUS. Flowering spring to summer. Fruiting around February.
Where to look: Arts & Ecology Centre. & throughout the Gardens.