last blog post is about blood-red melastoma. this time we talk about its relative from the same family and genus – common melastoma. i saw the two shrubs blossoming next to each other lately. can’t help introducing them side by side. and, they do look-alike.
common melastoma flowers usually have five petals, while blood-red often have seven, even though five is not rare. common melastoma have 10 stamens, five short and five long, all yellow, but the long ones have the upper part bend and extend to the purple anthers.
leaves are elliptical but round at the base, with five to seven clear and deep veins parallel. soft hairs are on both side of the leaves. blood-red also have hairs on the leaves but they feel rougher. hairs are grown on stems of blood-red melastoma as well, while common m. don’t.
we are seeing some young fruit of common melastoma too. they are capsule in pot-shape, with tough brown hair.
野牡丹 common melastoma (melastoma candidum) – 植物界 plantae | (未分級)被子植物 angiosperms | (未分級)真雙子葉植物 eudicots | (未分級)薔薇類植物 rosids | 桃金娘目 myrtales order | 野牡丹科 melastomataceae family | 野牡丹屬 melastoma genus | 種 species: 野牡丹 m. candidum 《維基》
- 對比上文 compare with last post :《毛菍的花和初果 blood-red melastoma / bristly red-hairy melastoma (melastoma sanguineum) blossoms and young fruit》