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Melastoma malabathricum alba

(Blue Tongue, Native Lassiandra)

Family: Melastomaceae

Shrub to 2m, moist areas. Leaves opposite, 3-veined to 12cm x 6cm. 5cm, 5-petalled flowers all year, usually pinkish mauve, white form rare. Can be confused with Asian Melastoma (introduced) which has 5 main veins.

Where to look: White form in the Rain garden and mauve form throughout the gardens.


Photography: The majority of the photos in this collection are the wonderful and much appreciated work of Greg & Judy Miller. Many other members of the Friends have also kindly contributed their favourite images.