Sunday, June 17, 2012

Red Pagoda

Clerodendrum paniculatum, Pagoda Flower, Norn Sawan (Thai)

Pagoda flower is an erect, open semi-woody shrub with large evergreen heart-shaped leaves and huge showy clusters of red-orange or scarlet flowers held above the foliage.  This beauty is a native to India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and much of southeastern Asia. 

In Thailand, leaves are used to relieve chest pain; flowers used to treat vaginal bleeding, inflammation from animal and insect bites, infection.  Roots are anti-malarial, carminative, used to treat tuberculosis and fever; stem has anti-inflammatory properties and used to treat centipede and scorpion bites.

Found this at the roadside in Culion Island.

Linking to Today's Flowers

What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity.  These are but trifles, to be sure; but scattered along life's pathways, the good they do is inconceivable. ~ Joseph Addison


Lois Evensen said...

Pretty image and very interesting about the flower.

Jama said...

Pretty! Lots of them here in Singapore.

EG CameraGirl said...

Soooo attractive!

lina@women said...

Very lovely. I can see why these flowers get the name: Red Pagoda :)

Randi said...

Such a beautiful and interesting plant!

SandyCarlson said...

This one is new to me. What a beauty!