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Medinilla magnifica-Rose Grape plant-Malaysian Orchid

Medinilla is a genus of about 150 species of flowering, evergreen shrubs or lianas in the family Melastomataceae, native to tropical regions, east through Madagascar, southern Asia, western Pacific Ocean islands.

Medinilla magnifica is the only species grown as a houseplant, appreciated for its lush foliage and huge panicles of pink flowers.
Also known as Rose Grape or Malaysian Orchid, Medinilla magnifica is native to the Philippines where it's often found as an epiphytic form (growing on trees).
Medinilla magnifica-Rose Grape
Blooms are produced in long pendulous panicles to 45 cm (18 in), having large pink petal-like bracts attached to the flower clusters. Grape-like clusters of small, pink berries follow the blooms, turning purple when ripen.
Medinilla magnifica-Malaysian Orchid flowers
Malaysian Orchid flowers are very ornamental in hanging baskets under trees or in the shade of a terrace. Like any tropical plant, it needs bright, indirect light, increased humidity and well drained soil. Being an epiphytic plant, orchid soil can be used in pots or containers.
Medinilla magnifica-macro closeup photo

3 comments:

Anki said...

A magnific flower, beautiful, too big for a flat

maiaT said...

I agree, too big for me too.

amatterofhowyouseeit.com said...

Those striped blossoms are beautiful! I've not seen this plant before Maia - thanks for sharing.

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