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.
This species is decorated with orange berries directly along the branches that ripen to pink and purple. A more compact, well-shaped plant about 18 inches tall, with wide, attractive leaves that are thick and glossy. A choice plant.
This is a beautiful plant that looks spectacular in a large hanging basket. I live in Tropical Australia and I hang the baskets under my fruit trees. The plants don’t like full sun but under a tree where they get some sun is perfect in my garden.