Me·​las·​to·​ma | \ mə̇ˈlastəmə \

Definition of Melastoma

: the type genus of Melastomaceae comprising Asiatic shrubs that have coriaceous leaves and large purple flowers with several anthers of unequal lengths

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History and Etymology for Melastoma

New Latin, from mela- + -stoma; from the staining property of the fruit

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“Melastoma.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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