Mussaenda philippica

Mussaenda philippica

Mussaenda philippica

(Bangkok Rose, Queen Sirikit)

FAMILY

Rubiaceae

Species

Mussaenda philippica

Common name(s)

Bangkok rose, Queen Sirikit

Flower colour; life form

Yellow; shrub

Campus

Townsville

Description

This evergreen shrub may reach 2 m in height, the opposite leaves are about 21 x 8 cm, veins obvious, hairs present on both surfaces. Flowers are in terminal clusters, each flower has 5 sepals at least 1 sepal is much enlarged and coloured, usually in the white to apricot range; in some cultivars all sepals may be enlarged. The tubular corolla is yellow. Fruits are black berries. M. erythrophylla from west Africa has a cream corolla and a single red, enlarged sepal.