Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Mussaenda erythrophylla - Queen Sirikit

I remember seeing these shrubs as a child always from a distance in a moving car and have wondered about these lovely flowers. I don't see them so often nowadays except on this particular occasion when I spotted a row of these shrubs in bloom below a block of HDB flats. Curious I went closer to examine them and found to my pleasant surprise that what I had always thought were petals of flowers were actually bracts and the flowers are small but delightful in shape and colour.
Family : Rubiaceae
Origin: Tropical Asia and Africa

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