The flowers caught my attention while I was walking on the Kumar-parvatha trek route(western ghats, near Mangalore). I had hardly reached the forest, this was on the road-side, in the month of May. Now, the BHS book has helped me identify it.
The plant is found near hills & forests along the streams. Notice the long, wide & glossy leaves.
Flowers may be pink-magenta, purple or white. And have alternate yellow & reddish-purple anthers.
The edible portion of the fruit stains black, hence the name blackmouth. Infact, Blackmouth is a family with trees, shrubs & herbs all promising to stain your mouth black. Melastoma in latin means blackmouth.
Yes, these insects caught my attention. The bee flew-away, while the cricket stay put despite all my attention. Infact, it is said (in the book) that this flower feeds the atlas moth & grey count butterfly.
Note the yellow streak of the cricket, matches so well with that of the anthers.
Yeah! read somewhere that this plant is a potential source for the extraction of natural colourants.
All these, Thanks to Isaac Kehimkar for writing 'Common Indian Wild Flowers' and to BNHS.