Clerodendrum paniculatum: Pagoda Flower

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Clerodendrum paniculatum also known as Pagoda Flower, Orange Tower Flower, Clerodendron, originated from India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia.

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Clerodendrum paniculatum is  an upright, open semiwoody shrub with large evergreen leaves and orange-red, inflorescence flowers. Each tiny flower has a long tube and protruding stamens. The flowers are grouped in clusters and arranged in tiers like a pagoda held above the foliage.

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^ Clerodendrum paniculatum alba, white variety. [Butterfly Park, Sentosa, 20120407]

Flowers of Clerodendrum paniculatum attract hummingbirds and butterflies.

This plant also has some medicinal properties; crushed leaves are used in the treatment of dysentery; roots contains an antidote for certain snake bites; a paste of the leaves applied to infected burns.

One can find Clerodendrum paniculatum in many gardens and parks in Singapore, planted for its ornamental value.

Photos: Heritage Garden, Malay; GBTB, Singapore 201207

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