Monday, July 18, 2011

Red Mussaenda(লাল মোজেন্ডা)-Mussaenda erythrophylla

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I have created an article related to Schizomussaenda few weeks back, and that flower was having white sepals. Today I am going to write few information about the Red Mussaenda flower.

Mussaenda is a flower from Rubiaceae family. This specific red one is known as Mussaenda erythrophylla scientifically/botanically. This flower has different names at the different part of the world. For example Ashanti Blood, Red Flag Bush, Red Mussaenda, Tropical Dogwood, Prophet’s Tears, Virgin Tree, etc.

It's a shrubby perennial plant and required full sun light for proper growth. Plant can reach up to 6-8 feet in height and 4-6 feet in width(spreading). This flower is native to West Africa. But since this is an ornamental plant, now a days it's available almost everywhere, specially at roadside, gardens, parks.

It produces large sepals beneath the flower. Sepals are red in color and kind of foamy when you touch it. Flowers are having five petals(yellow or cream color from upside, and bottom side is red) and has a red spot at the middle of five petals, almost looks like an eye. Both the sepals and the flowers are too much hairy. Its a cluster flower as well as an inflorescence.

It is possible to grow new plant from the stem cutting or using the seeds, though the seeds are almost rare. The photos for this article were captured from Rangamati(রাঙামাটি) of Bangladesh, my tour at July 2011.

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