Scientific Name: Heterocentron subtriplinervium
Synonym: Heterocentron macrostachyum
Common Names: Pearlflower, Pearl Flower
Growth Habit: Shrub, Subshrub
Hawaii Native Status: Introduced. This naturalized ornamental garden plant is native to southern Mexico and Guatemala.
Flower Color: White, Pink to magenta
Height: To 6 feet (1.8 m) tall
Description: The flowers are clustered at the branch tips. The individual flowers are 1/2 inch (1.3 cm) across and have 4 rounded, white or pink petals, 4 similarly colored, point-tipped sepals, and the strange, appendaged anthers typical of plants in this family. The leaves are dark green, shiny, pinnately nerved with depressed veins, lightly to moderately hairy, and may have reddish margins. The stems are square.
This weedy plant grows in moist, often partly shady spots in disturbed areas and at forest edges.
Kingdom: Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision: Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division: Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Family: Melastomataceae – Melastome family
Genus: Heterocentron Hook. & Arn. – heterocentron
Species: Heterocentron subtriplinervium (Link & Otto) A. Braun & Bouché – pearlflower
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