Large purple stems of flowers in January
seen near the Stow Lake parking lot
This was on the manoa falls trail
Species from eastern North America
Common name: Maryland meadowbeauty
Photographed in Lorance Creek Natural Area, Pulaski County, Arkansas
The family Melastomataceae (alternatively Melastomaceae) is a taxon of dicotyledonous flowering plants found mostly in the tropics (two thirds of the genera are from the New World tropics) comprising some 200 genera and 4500 species. Melastomes are annual or perennial herbs, shrubs, or small trees.