Tibouchina grossa

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Tibouchina grossa
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Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Myrtales
Family: Melastomataceae
Genus: Tibouchina
Species:
T. grossa
Binomial name
Tibouchina grossa
(L.f.) Cogn. 1885
Synonyms

Melastoma grossa L.f.
Tibouchina reticulata Cogn.

Tibouchina grossa is a species in the Melastomataceae family that is native to the Andes, Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela, between 2400 and 3800 meters in elevation. [1]

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Description

Plant 1.5 and 3.5 m in height. Leaves with hirsute petiole of 5 to 10 mm in length; Leaf blade, thick, elliptical or ovate-elliptical, 5 to 6 cm long by 1 to 3 cm wide; Acute at apex, obtuse or rounded at base. Inflorescences paucifloras terminal in branches and twigs; Petals bright red to crimson, obovate, 2.5 to 3.5 cm long by 1 to 2 cm wide, with fine golden hairs on the back. Brown fruit, in capsule, with several tiny seeds

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