Medinilla species – Philippines

Medinilla is a genus of about 150 species of flowering plants in the family Melastomataceae, native to tropical regions of the Old World from Africa (two species) east through Madagascar (about 70 species) and southern Asia to the western Pacific Ocean islands. The genus was named after J. de Medinilla, governor of the Mariana Islands in 1820.

There are more than 100 endemic species of Medinilla in the Philippines (according to Meririll, 1923-1926), most of them with attractive inflorescences. Many are still unidentified.