Native Plants Queensland
Townsville Branch
           PO Box 363 Aitkenvale Qld 4814





Melastoma malabathricum ssp. malabathricum


Blue Tongue




Melastrome affine 


Form and Size: A small to medium shrub, 0.5-3m high

Distribution: Across northern Australia, and in N.S.W.; usually in moist soils as an understorey plant

Leaves: Opposite, oval, rough-textured, velvety, dark green, five prominent longitudinal veins, about 10cm long x 4cm wide

Flowers: Pink-mauve, 5-petalled, open, prominent yellow anthers, about 5cm diameter

Flowering Period: November to January and sporadic

Fruit: Berries, purple to red

Cultivation/Notes: Propagate from seed or cuttings
Needs rich, open soil and partial shade
The fruit are sweet and edible, but they stain the mouth and tongue blue-black