Clerodendrum speciosum

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

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  • Botanical Name : Clerodendrum speciosum Dombrain
  • The name Clerodendrum is from the Greek kleros, chance, and dendron, a tree, and alludes to a native legend that the plants possessed medicinal properties, which were a possible cure for certain ailments. Clerodendrum speciosum is actually a hybrid between C. splendens and C. thomsoniae.

  • Common Name : Red Bleeding Heart, Java Glory Vine
  • Plant Family : Verbenaceae
  • Plant Form : Climbers
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Gujarat Forestry Research Foundation, Indroda Park

About Clerodendrum speciosum Plant :

  • Habit : A shrub-vine.
  • Leaves : Square-shaped, opposite, dark glossy ovate leaves.
  • Flower :
    • Bracteate, Long lasting, rosy red to deep crimson bracts and bright red flower clusters.
    • Once each brilliant flower has passed, a rosy red calyx stays on the plant for many months.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : March-May
  • Significance :
    • It is cultivated as an ornamental plant, in particular for its bright red flowers.
    • Excellent grown in containers indoors or outdoors during warm weather.