The magnificent medinilla is an ornamental houseplant with large pink cluster inflorescences, which give it an elegant and extremely decorative appearance: hence the name "magnificent".
This plant is very simple to grow, but it is not very widespread because its characteristics are little known. Originally from the Philippines, it arises spontaneously in tropical forests, preferring particularly shady locations.
It has pink flowers that hang in large "racemes" reminiscent of bunches of grapes, for this reason it is also called pink grapes.
It has large bright green leaves with very evident veins, from the apex of the leaves stems develop on which pink flowers are born, composed of very evident light pink corollas. To cover the actual flower there are bracts of an intense pink.
Native to the tropical regions of Southeast Asia and the Philippines, the medinilla it is an epiphytic plant that develops in the cavities of the trunks of trees. In the original places, the medinilla it is characterized by rapid growth and erect posture. Despite its tropical origin, it resists for short periods even at low temperatures.
There magnificent medinilla it belongs to the Melastomataceae family, which has more than 180 species of shrub and climbing plants. It is equipped with thick stems with a quadrangular section, which lignify with the passage of time.
The foliage is persistent and the leaves are large (they reach even more than 20 cm in length), elliptical, opposite, leathery, rough to the touch, dark green in color, with more or less wavy margins and with evident ribs that depart from the rib central. The floral stems (about 45 cm long) carry a fleshy flower with five petals and a raceme, which is very reminiscent of a bunch of grapes. The different parts of the inflorescence are all characterized by a color that varies from pale pink to coral red.
Flowering usually occurs in early spring and can also last the whole summer. Each inflorescence lasts for at least two weeks.
There magnificent medinilla it can reach 2 m in height in the places of origin, while in the apartment, if placed in a sufficiently large vase, it has an average height of about 120 cm.