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Medinilla magnifica


Medinilla magnifica Lindl.

Family Name: Melastomataceae
Common Name: Javanese Rhododendron, Love Plant, Rose Grape, Magnifica Medinilla, Showy medinilla, Kapa-kapa, 粉苞酸脚杆


Family Name
Genus Epithet
Species Epithet
Name Authority
Name Status (botanical)
Common Names

Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Growth Form Shrub, Epiphyte
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic


Native Distribution Philippines, Java
Native Habitat Terrestrial
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Epiphytic erect shrub which grows to a maximum of 2.5 m tall. 
Foliage Matured leaves are dark green glossy, with leathery texture about 30cm long and 20–25 cm wide. Each leaf has 9–13 nerves which run from the mid rib to the margin or tip of the leaf. 
Stems Stems are succulent and 4 angled. The weight of its heavy inflorescence causes it to appear drooping. 
Flowers Flowers are small pink to coral red which cluster together in a long dropping panicle and grow like bunches of grapes. Flower clusters are attached to large showy pink bracts. 
Habitat Growing on tropical rainforest trees or on the forest floor in partial shade. 

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Flowers
Landscape Uses Interiorscape/ Indoor Plant

Fauna, Pollination and Dispersal

Pollination Method(s) Biotic (Fauna)

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Semi-Shade
Water Preference Lots of Water, Moderate Water
Rootzone Tolerance Well-Drained Soils
Propagation Method Stem Cutting


Foliage Retention Evergreen
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green
Mature Foliage Texture(s) Glossy / Shiny
Foliar Arrangement Along Stem Opposite
Foliar Shape(s) Non-Palm Foliage
Leaf Area Index (LAI) for Green Plot Ratio 4.5 (Shrub & Groundcover - Dicot)

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Colour(s) Pink
Flower Grouping Cluster / Inflorescence

Image Repository



Master ID 924
Species ID 2218
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Species record last updated on: 07 September 2021.