Blue Tongue (species: Melastoma affine) in Lizard Island area: all known taxa (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Melastoma affine
Blue Tongue

©Gale Spring: Melastoma affine near the top of Cook's Look, Lizard Island.

©Jenny Gates: Melastoma affine in flower, Cook's Look, Lizard Island.

©Anne Hoggett: Leaves of Melastoma affine at Lizard Island. Thanks to Lindy Randall for the identification.
Kingdom Plantae
Division Tracheophyta
Class Magnoliopsida
Order Myrtales
Family Melastomataceae
Genus Melastoma
Species Melastoma affine



Distinguishing features

A bushy shrub that grows to about 3 metres. Leaves distinctive: ovate with a sharp point, longitudinal veins, and covered in fine hairs. Pink/purple flowers with five broad petals.


  • Size data has not been obtained.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


  • Byrnes, N.B., S.L. Everist, S.T. Reynolds, A. Specht and R.L. Specht (1977). The vegetation of Lizard Island, North Queensland, Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland, 88: 1-15. LIRS catalog number 3.