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Melastoma affine D.Don
Family Melastomataceae
Common name: blue tongue, native lasiandra

Melastoma affine D.Don APNI*

Synonyms: Melastoma denticulatum Labill. APNI*

Description: Shrub to 2 m high.

Leaves ovate, 6–12 cm long, 2–4 cm wide, discolorous, covered with short, stiff hairs; main veins 3, and 2 less conspicuous intramarginal veins; petiole up to 10 mm long.

Inflorescences short, terminal, of 5–11 subsessile flowers. Hypanthium cup-shaped, 7–10 mm long. Sepals 5, c. 4 mm long. Petals 5, circular, purple to mauve or rarely white, up to 20 mm long. Anthers curved, the longer with prominent appendages, the shorter with smaller appendages.

Fruit semi-succulent, ± globose, c. 8 mm long.

Photo S. Goodwin

Flowering: spring–summer.

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in sclerophyll forest with high soil moisture or swamps on sandy soil; north from Kempsey.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC
Other Australian states: Qld W.A. N.T.
AVH map***

Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)

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