Definition of Genus Melastoma
1. Noun. Type genus of Melastomataceae; Asiatic shrubs with leathery leaves and large purple flowers followed by edible fleshy black berries.
Generic synonyms: Rosid Dicot Genus
Group relationships: Family Melastomaceae, Family Melastomataceae, Meadow-beauty Family, Melastomaceae, Melastomataceae
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Literary usage of Genus Melastoma
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1. A Glossary of Botanic Terms, with Their Derivation and Accent by Benjamin Daydon Jackson (1900)
"... a leaf), having leaves of a dark colour. melastoma'ceous. resembling or pertaining to those plants of which the genus Melastoma is the type. ..."
2. Paxton's Magazine of Botany, and Register of Flowering Plants by Joseph Paxton (1849)
"Of the genus Melastoma itself, approximating so closely to Pleroma in some respects, that a species or two of the latter are by some botanists ..."
3. An Introduction to Systematic and Physiological Botany by Thomas Nuttall (1827)
"... as the common expression is, from the base of the expansion, as, for instance, those of the genus Melastoma ; but, when the ribs do not originate from ..."
4. A Journal of Natural Philosophy, Chemistry and the Arts by William Nicholson (1807)
"The genus melastoma alone furnished them with so many new species, that they might have filled » separate work with them. ..."
5. First book of Indian botany by Daniel Oliver (1869)
"The Family derives its name from the genus Melastoma, the name of which signifies "black-mouth," from the ripe berries, which are edible, dyeing the mouth ..."