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Medinilla speciosa reaches on average a height of 45-60cm. This evergreen shrub has woody branched stems and opposite leathery green leaves up to 20cm long and 15cm wide, with prominent veins. The dainty small flowers are bright pink-colored and are produced in large panicles on pendant reddish stems. The flowering period extends from early Summer to Fall. When the blooming is finished for about a month remains a raceme of showy berries, pending that the plant reflowers. These rounded fruits are at first pink and purple-blue when ripe.
This species is typical of the mountain forests and prefers shaded areas and moist soils.