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


The intent of this page is to summarize recent and ongoing projects of concern to Melastomatologists. Additional projects will be posted in the near future.

Global - A site with information on the biodiversity of Melastomataceae.

New World
PBI Miconieae - A National Science Foundation, Planetary Biodiversity Inventory project that aims to produce a complete taxonomic inventory and description of the tribe Miconieae.

Biological Diversity of the Guianas Project - Smithsonian Institution is conducting a long-term exploration of the flora of this biologically rich region that has historically been undercollected.

Flora Mesoamericana - Dig through layers of data on the flora of Central America. Frank Almeda has completed the treatment of the Melastomataceae for this project.

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.

Old World
Virtual Herbarium: The Nationaal Herbarium Nederland (National Herbarium of the Netherlands, NHN). This is an essential resource for those conducting research on Old World melastomes.

Melastomataceae for Flora of Thailand - This project has recently been completed and this treatment is now in press.

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