Medinilla magnifica is one of the many Medenilla species native to the Philippines. It is very aptly named magnifica because it truly is magnificent. Anybody who sees it flowering will fully agree. A website in the UK said "it is possibly the most spectacular flowering houseplant available". That is because both the flowerless and the blooming plants live up to its name. The drooping clusters of rosy pink to coral red flowers are borne by pairs of thick, glossy, wide, large and showy prominently light-veined leaves, that even while still flowerless are already magnificent. Flowers can reach up to 50cm in length, while the leaves are about 30 cm or 1 foot in length. The wide bracts covering the flower clusters are showy and truly beautiful.
This is given many common names in the plant commercial circles. Some of them is 'rose grape', 'English chandelier tree', 'Malaysian orchid, showy medenilla, and more. The genus was after the governor of the Mariana Islands in 1820, J. de Medinilla.
I realized many temperate country gardens, arboretums and collectors successfully grow this plant. However, even here in the country these are mostly already in the collectors' gardens and flower centers. Our forests which produced them naturally in the long past are now deprived of its magnificence!
a young flower cluster still enclosed in the showy bracts
flowers already advancing to be seen
a young cluster of still closed flowers
those white protrusions are parts of the already opened individual flowerettes, the small petals are also open
a plant showing 2 flower stages
the whole plant showing many opened flower clusters
showing its full magnificence