Asterostoma repens (Desr.) Blume
Melastoma octandrum L. ex Sm.
Melastoma repens Desr.
Melastoma roseum Poir.
Melastoma trungii Pócs & Tiep
Osbeckia repens (Desr.) DC.
Melastoma dodecandrum is a creeping, evergreen perennial plant with stems that become more or less woody. It can form a dense mat of growth, growing up to 30cm tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and possibly as a food.
E. Asia - southern China, northern Vietnam.
Open, dry or wet grassland and scrub; at elevations up to 800 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 berry 3 - 7mm long and wide[
The roots, leaves, flowering tops or berries are astringent and are used in the treatment of conditions such as diarrhoea, leucorrhoea, and dysentery[
Externally, they can be used as a wash on cuts, wounds etc.
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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