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Often Straits Rhododenron is considered a weed what is not right. Its white flowers as seen in this picture last only one day, opening after sunrise, closing the same day, with the petals falling off on the a few days later. The flower has two different kinds of stamens. The seeds are tasteless and can be eaten, but stains the tongue black. In fact, the word melastoma is Greek for "black mouth".

In South East Asia the leaves are used to treat diarrhoea and dysentery; wash for ulcers, to prevent scarring from smallpox; and to treat piles.

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