Clerodendrum paniculatum (Pagoda Flower) and the Thyrse (updated)

Clerodendrum paniculatum (Pagoda Flower) Aka Hanuman Kireetam, Orange Tower Flower, Clerodendron, or Pangil-pangil or panggil-panggil (Malay) is native to India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and much of southeastern Asia. It is widely cultivated in tropical gardens throughout the world. Clerodendrum paniculatum was first described in 1767 by the ‘father’ of modern biological nomenclature – the Swedish botanist, Carl Linnaeus.…

The Starburst Bush (Clerodendrum quadriloculare)

Starburst Bush (Clerodendrum quadriloculare) Is native to Guinea and Philippines, but thrives in Hawaii, the Caribbean, Florida, and pantropical regions of the world. Aka as Starburst, Shooting Star , Winter Starburst, Philipine Glorybower,  Glorybower, Bagawak  Morado (Spanish-Philipines) and Pinnacola.  Clerodendrum stems from Greek klero = fortune, prosperity; and dendron =  tree, perhaps because of its large size. Quadriloculare aludes to its quadricular ovary shape.…

Glory Bower (Clerodendrum speciosum)

Today while walking in an abandoned lot, I encountered Glory Bower (Clerodendrum speciosum) Aka Bleeding Glory-bower, Bag Flower, Bleeding-heart Vine, Gloria Enramada Sangrante; Gloria Enramada, and Corazón sangrante,  which is a species of flowering plant in the genus Clerodendrum of the family Lamiaceae, native to tropical west Africa, but naturalised in pantropical areas of the world.  Its cousin, Clerodendrum thomsoniae, is white. It is an evergreen liana growing to 13 ft tall.  The area where it was had a huge…