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Medinilla cummingii

Medinilla cummingii, Photo: Michael Lahanas

Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Rosids
Cladus: Eurosids II
Ordo: Myrtales

Familia: Melastomataceae
Subfamilia: Melastomatoideae
Tribus: Sonerileae
Genus: Medinilla
Species: Medinilla cummingii

Medinilla cumingii Naudin

Ann. Sci. Nat., Bot. sér. 3, 15:292. 1851 "cummingii"
USDA, ARS, Germplasm Resources Information Network. Medinilla cummingii in the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. Accessed: 09-Oct-10.

Medinilla cummingii, the chandelier tree, is a species of flowering plant in the family Melastomataceae, native to mossy forest in the Philippines at 700–1,000 m (2,300–3,300 ft) altitude. It is a small shrub, 1–2 m (3.3–6.6 ft) in height, with ternate or quaternate leaves, and many-flowered, pendant panicles up to 25 cm (9.8 in) long. Fruits are 5–7 mm in diameter, pink to purplish to bluish-black when ripe.

Medinilla is named for José de Medinilla y Pineda, who was governor of Mauritius (then known as the Marianne Islands) in 1820.[1]

Gledhill, David (2008). "The Names of Plants". Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9780521866453 (hardback), ISBN 9780521685535 (paperback). pp 253

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