The intense up to 12 cm long green leaves are so hairy that the surface appears velvet cover.
Common names: Tibochina, Planta de la gloria, Tibuchina.
Perennial shrub 1-2 m high. The leaves are briefly stalked, dark green on top, lighter on the lower face, and both having a bristly hairs.
Flowers: Equipped with five petals intense blue-violet color and ten stamens purple.
Especie: T. semidecandra
巴西野牡丹 (Tibouchina semidecandra)
Edge of retention pond.
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.