Medinilla balls-headleyi F.Muell.
Mueller, F.J.H. von (1887) The Australasian Journal of Pharmacy 2 : 125. Type: Queensland, Alice Creek, Russell River, W. Sayer 229; holo: MEL.
Medinilla, Daintree; Daintree Medinilla; Medinilla
Flowers and buds pink and waxy. Flowers about 20 mm diam. Calyx lobes reduced to five small teeth. Petals about 12 mm long. Stamens 10, dimorphic. Anthers about 12 mm long in the larger stamens and about 6 mm long in the smaller stamens. Each anther with a bilobed ventral appendage and a filiform dorsal appendage at the base. Style about 14 mm long.
Cotyledons +/- orbicular, about 2-2.5 mm diam. Petioles very short or absent. First pair of true leaves opposite, +/- orbicular, about 4 mm diam., glabrous. At the tenth leaf stage: leaves in whorls of 3, leaf blades about 55 x 12 mm, tapering gradually to a point at the apex, base attenuate, petioles about 4-5 mm long. Seed germination time 32 to 308 days.
A very ornamental species suited to tropical gardens. Waxy pink flowers are produced behind the leaves and are followed by bright pink fruit which turn purple when ripe.