With a fanciful botanical name that is a mouthful to pronounce, I just love its common name, the 'Lipstick Plant'. I'm sure you'd understand too. As you can see here, the bright red flower buds protrude out from dark maroon calyses like lipsticks emerging from their cases.
Quite often, lipstick colours are named after plants e.g cherry red, strawberry pink, etc. but this plant is named after the lipstick!
“Aeschynanthes parvifolius - The Lipstick Plant”, a copyrighted post, was written for My Nice Garden blog by Autumn Belle @ http://www.mynicegarden.com/ on June 12th, 2011.
Malay name: Bunga Gincu
Category: Evergreen perennial vine
* Ref: "1001 Garden Plants in Singapore" book, 2nd edition, a NPark's Publication.
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There are other varieties with yellow, orange, red and purple flowers.*
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There are some cultivars with curly leaves and some with variegated foliage.
In its native habitat in the jungles of Malaysia, this evergreen plant is an epiphyte, growing perched on rainforest trees, their beautiful long vines sprawled among moss covered branches. Their trailing stems can extend to more than 3m (9ft) long.
* Extract from the Forest Department Sarawak website on all Aeschynanthus species in Sarawak, Malaysia:
Habitat: Occasional in lowland mixed dipterocarp forest, peat swamp forest, limestone forest, sub-montane forest from sea level to 2,200m above sea level.
Distribution: Throughout Sarawak.
Note: These species are threatened due to their high potential as hanging-basket plants
Grow in partial shade to full sun (USDA Zone 11 or higher). In temperate climates, you may need a greenhouse or winter protection. The soil mixture should be moist but well-drained. Water thoroughly but let the soil get fairly dry before the next watering. This plant likes a humid environment. Fertilize fortnightly. The trailing stems can extend very long, hence it is necessary to prune after flowering. Propagate by stem tips, leaf buds and cuttings but they may be slow to take root.
1. Wikipedia, here.
2. * Forest Department of Sarawark website (http://www.forestry.sarawak.gov.my/), the direct link is here
3. Plantcare information from PlantCare.com here.