Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Clerodendrum paniculatum L.

Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)
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Linnaeus, C. von (1767) Mantissa Plantarum 1: 90. Type: Burma; Malaya; China.

Common name

Pagoda Flower


Flowers and fruits as a shrub about 2-3 m tall.


Leaf blades about 9-23 x 9-26 cm, petioles about 2-42 cm. Upper surface of the leaf blades clothed in short white erect multicellular hairs. Lower surface of the leaf blades clothed in globular orange glands. Venation palmate, lateral veins about 4-7 on each side of the midrib. Twigs with a ring of hairs at each node.


Calyx about 5 mm long. Corolla tube about 10-16 mm long, corolla lobes about 5 mm long. Staminal filaments about 15-25 mm long. Anthers about 2 x 1.8 mm. Style about 25-40 mm long, bilobed at the apex.


Nutlets enclosed in the red finger-like persistent calyx lobes.


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Distribution and Ecology

An introduced species originally from Asia or Malesia. Cultivated in NEQ but also naturalised around settlements at low elevations slightly above sea level. Usually grows on waste land or in rain forest regrowth.

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