(Melastomataceae) Melastoma imbricatum Wall. ex Triana

Local name(s): ເບັນ ອ້າ, ເອັນ ອ້າ, ໝາກ ຂີ້ ຄ້ານ, ໝາກ ກາງ (ben ah, en ah, mak khee khan, mak kang)

Medicinal Use(s): Treatment of stomachache.

Part(s) used: root

Field characters: Shrub, flowers pink, fruits green, turning brownish red with prominent covering trichomes. Common in open to semi-open areas.

Locality: Xieng Khoang Province, Kham District, Kham Medicinal Biodiversity Preserve, 15 km from Kham town.

Habitat: Broadleaved evergreen submontane forest. Edge of forest along road.

Altitude: 1130 m asl

Collector(s): D.D. Soejarto, K. Sydara, M. Xayvue

Collection number(s): DDS 14957

Collection Date: May 16, 2014

Additional information:

Voucher specimen is in deposit at the Field Museum (F) Herbarium, Chicago, USA under accession no. 2313830.

Synonyms, images, taxonomic description:

The Plant List Flora of China Vol. 13 Page 364, 365

Useful references:

Susanti, D. Phytochemical and bioactivity studies of Melastoma malabathricum L. and Melastoma imbricatum Wall. Doctor of Philosophy Dissertation, Faculty of Science, University Technology, Malaysia. December 2006; 203 pages.