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Melastoma dodecandrum is an evergreen shrub that can grow up to 0.25 metres tall.
It has medicinal uses.
E. Asia - southeastern China.
Virgin wilds on hillsides[
]. Open fields, grassland, trailsides and thickets to elevations of 1300 metres in. Anhui, Fujian, Guizhou, Guangdong, Guangxi, Hunan, Jiangxi and Zhejiang Provinces[
We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging from its native habitat it could be hardy in the milder areas of the country[
The whole plant is astringent[
]. It is used in the treatment of enteritis, dysentery, rheumatism, pains in the back and legs, excessive menstruation and an overly active foetus[