• WordNet 3.6
    • n Melastoma type genus of Melastomataceae; Asiatic shrubs with leathery leaves and large purple flowers followed by edible fleshy black berries
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Melastoma (Bot) A genus of evergreen tropical shrubs; -- so called from the black berries of some species, which stain the mouth.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n melastoma An Old World genus of plants, type of the 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.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr. Gr. me`las black + sto`ma mouth


In literature:

Forbes ("Nature," August 1882, page 386) has done the same for Melastoma.
"More Letters of Charles Darwin Volume II" by Charles Darwin
Brown brought from the same locality a Melastoma, which, according to him, was a shrub, three or four feet high.
"Journal of an Overland Expedition in Australia" by Ludwig Leichhardt
Melastoma Novae Hollandiae, Nand.
"Explorations in Australia, The Journals of John McDouall Stuart" by John McDouall Stuart
Among the undershrubs are Phyllanthae 2, Apocynea arborescens, Gelonium, Combretum, Strychnos, Vitex, Melastoma.
"Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and TheNeighbouring Countries" by William Griffith
He says he has had a letter from you about Melastoma, but has not, he says, for three years seen a single melastomaceous plant!
"Alfred Russel Wallace: Letters and Reminiscences, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by James Marchant
Sikaduduk (melastoma) has the appearance of a wild rose.
"The History of Sumatra" by William Marsden