Russelia equisetiformis

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  • Botanical Name : Russelia equisetiformis Schltdl. & Cham.
  • Synonyms : Russelia juncea Zucc.
  • Common Name : Weeying Mary, The Coral Plant, Fountain or Fire-Cracker Plant, Rusili
  • Plant Family : Scrophulariaceae
  • Plant Form : Herb
  • Occurrence (Sectors) : 17
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Indroda Park

About Russelia equisetiformis Plant :

  • Habit : A much branched phylloclade with thick nodes, and whorled, angled, grooved pendulous branches.
  • Leaves : Opposite or whorled, linear-lanceolate, very small and usually reduced to mere scales.
  • Inflorescence : Racemes or on 2-3 flowered peduncles.
  • Flowers :
    • Red coloured.
    • Calyx bell-shaped, brown or reddish, lobes 5, imbricate.
    • Corolla tubular ending in 5 rounded lobes.
    • Stamens 4 perfect and 1 staminode, anther cells divergent and confluent.
    • Ovary 2-celled, seated on a fleshy disk, ovules many.
  • Fruit : Capsules septicidal, many seeded.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : All the year round.
  • Significance : Cultivated in the gardens everywhere.