Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An Old World genus of plants, type of natural order Melastomaceæ, belonging to the tribe Os-beckieæ. They have from 10 to 14 unequal anthers, the connectives of the longer ones being produced anteriorly into two tubercles or spurs. They are hairy shrubs, almost always erect, with coriaceous entire leaves which are from 3- to 7-nerved, and showy purple or rose-colored flowers growing at the tips of the branches, either solitary or in clusters. About 44 species are known, natives of tropical and western Asia, Oceania, and the Seychelles. M. Malabathricum, a shrub common in India, is there known as Indian rhododendron. It is also called
Malabar laurel or gooseberry.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) A genus of evergreen tropical shrubs; -- so called from the black berries of some species, which stain the mouth.
- n. type genus of Melastomataceae; Asiatic shrubs with leathery leaves and large purple flowers followed by edible fleshy black berries
- From the genus name. (Wiktionary)
“The smooth road was bordered everywhere with the beautiful melastoma or Singapore rose, of perennial foliage and always in bloom, underneath acacias and palms; and the very earth was carpeted with beauty and fragrance enough to have formed the bridal-couch of a fairy queen.”
“Cordilleras, almost constant rains overspread the earth with a verdant and slippery coating of moss; amidst which a few stunted specimens of the melastoma still exhibit their purple blossoms.”
“The bark-tree, which she has provided as the only effectual febrifuge in the deadly heats of the inferior region; the cyprus and melastoma, with their superb violet blossoms; gigantic fuchsias of every possible variety, and evergreen trees of lofty stature, covered with flowers, adorn that delightful zone.”
“Sikaduduk (melastoma) has the appearance of a wild rose.”
“Besides the plants common on the other neighbouring islands, we found, on the height, a species of _acrosticum, melastoma_, and fern tree, with”
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“Such are the buah kandis, a variety of garcinia (it should be observed that buah, signifying fruit, is always prefixed to the particular name), buah malaka (Phyllanthus emblica), rukam (Carissa spinarum), bangkudu or mangkudu (Morinda citrifolia), sikaduduk (melastoma), kitapan (Callicarpa japonica).”
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