Magnificent Medinilla
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Magnificent Medinilla
P Introduced Photo: Konieca Khuraijam
Common name: Magnificent Medinilla, Rose Grapes, Showy medinilla, Philippine orchid, pink lantern plant
Botanical name: Medinilla magnifica    Family: Melastomataceae (Melastome family)
Synonyms: Medinilla bracteata, Medinilla superba, Dactyliota bracteata

Magnificent Medinilla is a perennial herb that grows up to 3 m tall, with opposite, firm, leathery, ovate leaves, which grow up to 20-30 cm long, with a short point. The flowers are borne in showy panicles up to 50 cm long, with pink bracts. Individual flowers are up to 2.5 cm in size, and are pink, red or violet. The fruits are violet, fleshy berries, about 1 cm wide. In Philippines, Magnificent Medinilla grows in the forks of large trees. Magnificent Medinilla is native to Philippines, and is a popular garden plant now.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in cultivation in Imphal, Manipur.

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