Friday, March 15, 2013
Clerodendrum thomsoniae is a climbing evergreen plant that bears flowers throughout the year. It can be planted to climb the fences or to climb the sides of a house. Because of the red-coloured corolla it is called the bleeding heart flower. The red colour symbolise bleeding. What about the word 'heart'? Well, I suppose the following sentence can explain why. The individual flower, when looked at from side view, has the shape of a heart.
The flowers usually appear in bunches, and in each bunch one to three flowers are fruit-bearing. The fruits are small and not fleshy. Initially, the skin is green but turn brownish as the fruit matures.
Family: Verbenaceae (Lamiaceae)