Medinilla magnifica

COMMON NAME

Showy medinilla or Philippine orchid (although not an orchid)

TYPE

​Shrub

FAMILY

Melastomataceae

NOTES

An epiphytic tropical evergreen shrub that grows to 8’ tall in its native habitat.  Small pink to coral red flowers appear in drooping panicles (to 18” long) hooded by large, showy, leaf-like, light pink bracts that keep the individual flowers dry. Large, ovate to oblong, prominently veined, leathery green leaves to 8-12” long. Succulent, 4-angled stems.

GEOGRAPHIC REGION

Philippines

NATIVE HABITAT

Found growing in part shade locations out of soil pockets on rain forest trees or in the ground in clearings.

WEB SOURCES

wikipedia.org

missouribotanicalgarden.org



Medinilla magnifica