Melastoma

noun Me·las·to·ma \mə̇ˈlastəmə\

Definition of Melastoma

  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of melastoma

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


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