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  Blood-red Melastoma
Melastoma sanguineum
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Characteristic:

Shrubs or small trees up to 10 m high; young branches quadrangular, covered with appressed or spreading, red to brown scales or bristles; bark brown or grey. Leaves lanceolate or elliptic, seldom ovate, base rounded or acute, apex acute or acuminate; lamina glabrous or strigose, or seldom subvillous underneath, pale green or tinged red beneath; nerves 5 or 7, the marginal nerves unconspicious, covered with appressed or semi-erect scales or bristles, seldom glabrous, nerves often red; petiole 3--41 mm long, covered with erect or flexuose red bristles, 5--9 mm long. Flowers are 5-merous, oocasionally 6- or 7-merous. The outside covered with bristles, the inside glabrous. Fruits are campanulate, fleshy capsules, rupturing irregularly longitudinally at maturity, exposing the solid, yellow pulp with orange seeds. Seeds are minute, cochleate.

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