Hawaii's Most Invasive Horticultural Plants

Medinilla cumingii

(Photo credit: NTBG)

Description: Shrub to 8' tall, with square stems, opposite 6-15" leathery leaves lacking stalks, 1/2" bracts below the flower clusters, 1" pink flowers, and 1/4" purple-black fruits with a white tip.
Risk areas: Moist and wet forests at low elevations.
WARNING:Medinilla belongs to the Melastome Family, many members of which have proven invasive in Hawaii and elsewhere. All members of this family should probably be avoided in horticulture.

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