of the world

Photos and illustrations of selected species
Delta description of the family
Our current understanding of relationships within the family
Current and ongoing research around the world
A comprehensive listing of publications on  the family
Melastomatologists around the world

Information on the largest tribe including a synonymy database
Various databases that include references to the Melastomataceae
"Weedy" under normal circumstances, some species are especially problematic when introduced
Notes on the cultivation of melastomes, plus suggestions of species that merit attention
Web sites worth exploring


Herbaria & Collections
Types - Search the Smithsonian (US) collection of nearly 2000 melastome type specimens.
Collections - Search the entire collection at the New York Botanical Garden (NY).
Types - Type specimens at the New York Botanical Garden (NY).
Types - Type and general specimens at the Harvard University Herbaria (HUH).
Types - Type specimens at the University of Florida herbarium (FLAS).
Paris- Search the Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle (P).
Collections - A directory of genera, species, and collection label data for Melastomataceae in the collection at the Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad (INBio), Costa Rica.

Flora Mesoamericana - Dig through layers of information on Central American plants.
Flora of the Cerrado, Sao Paolo, Brazil
- A search of this database from the Base de Dados Tropical yields species along with nice photos.
Central French Guiana - A collections database of Melastomataceae from NYBG.
Acre, Brazil - This collections database is part of a NYBG floristics and economic botany project.

NCBI - Search GenBank for DNA sequences of melastomes.
IPCN - Index to Plant Chromosome Numbers.

Endangered species
Rare plants - Search the World Conservation Monitoring Center (part of the IUCN) for threatened species.
Rare trees - Similar to the previous link, this one provides data only on tree species.

Images - A collection of images of melastomes from Tropicos; many are type specimens.

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