Melastoma Melastoma malabathricum (= M. candidum)
Large, erect multi-stemmed shrub generally up to 1.5 m tall but can reach 5 m. This perennial has leaves with ~5 deep parallel veins. Reddish hairy stems that are covered with small rough scales. Lilac flowers have 5 petals and are short-lived. The flowers are replaced by fig-shaped fruits which burst open when ripe, releasing numerous orange seeds.