Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Flower Photo: Purple Asian Melastoma in Okinawa

flower, Purple Asian Melastoma

These flowers can be tricky when it comes to identification.


Another one gets out of my pending files, today.


A book from the local library, ISBN4-9901917-3-0, deserves all the credit.


You are looking at a Melastoma candidum.


Some folks use them for landscaping or, like their fragrance.


Others, have medicinal uses for them.


Here's what I do.  Shoot photos and save them for a non-shooting day.


Then I use them to drive myself crazy trying to get an ID on them.


There are 50 species of this flower the locals call, Nobotan (のぼたん).


This one was found on the Motobu Peninsula During the month of June 2013.


They grow, in the wild, all over Asia.


But, I guess they got out of control in Hawaii, because over there, they call them weeds !




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