Melastoma orientale is an evergreen shrub, usually growing up to 2 metres tall but occasionally reaching 5 metres[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and possibly as a food.
Southeast Asia - Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Indonesia (Buru).
Open or disturbed places in forests or along the sides of streams; at elevations up to 1,000 metres[
We have no specific information for this species, but the fruits of many species in the genus are eaten as a snack[
]. They generally have a sweet flavour, but can be quite astringent, especially if not fully ripe[
]. The fruit is a dark blue, globose berry around 4 - 7mm in diameter[
A decoction of the leaves is used for ablutions after delivery[
Melastoma species are rich in tannins of the hydrolysable type. Most of them are di- and trimers, with reported bactericidal and antiviral activities[
Seed - best sown fresh in a nursery seedbed, or in containers because of the small size of the seed. Germination is best in either full sun or in light shade[
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