|Author: ||George King,
||Medium - Maximum
||Red / Orange
Medinilla, Orange Spike
This member of the Melastomataceae
family was described by George King in 1900. It is found from
Malaysia through out Indonesia to the Philippines. It grows mainly
as an epiphyte, but can be grown in a well drained soil. Should be
keep moist, and given some light, but no direct, strong sun. The
caudex can grow to six centimetres or more, the stems up to 50 or 60
centimetres. The large orange inflorescence have red flowers.
The genera name for Josť de
Medinilla y Pineda, a Spanish governor for the Marianes. The species
name after Scortechin, an Italian minister and botanist in Malaysia
in the 1800's.