Medinilla aff. succulenta
An interesting and somewhat obscure member of the Melastomataceae that contains many much more familiar species. This species is an epiphyte that lives in the moist to wet tropical forests of Indonesia, our specimen originating in Borneo. A compact shrub-like plant that superficially resembles Hydnophytum, but without the caudex base. The foliage is borne on slender branches, oblong leathery leaves that are lime green. The flowers are borne in clusters along the mature branches and are quite tiny and white followed by clusters of small pea sized orange fruit. The flowers and fruits can appear at any time of year and are usually present.
Our plants originated from seed that we obtained at the Flecker Botanic Gardens in Cairns, Queensland, Australia. The aff. in the name indicates that this plant has not been fully identifies as being the true species succulenta. This species is variable and others that have seen our plant have little doubt that the plant is indeed succulenta, though due to its source we are keeping the aff. in the name.