Malpighia coccigera

Image of Malpighia coccigera

(Miniature holly, Singapore holly)

FAMILY

Malpighiaceae

Species

Malpighia coccigera

Common name

Miniature holly, Singapore holly

Flower colour; life form

Flowers pink to lilac; shrub

Campus

Townsville

Description

A spreading shrub to about 1 m tall originally from the West Indies, the alternate leaves have sinuate margins with spines at the apex of each lobe, thus resembling holly leaves. The flowers which, arise in the leaf axils, have 5 small clawed pink to lilac petals. Fruits are fleshy red drupes to 15 mm diameter.