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white mussaenda

Mussaenda philippica


This ornamental shrub with yellow flowers (a tubular corolla) and one enlarged white sepal is one of those plants with many common names. Others include Bangkok rose, Queen Sirikit, virgin tree and Buddah's lamp. "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." White Mussaenda is native to Philippines and SE Asia.


Growing as an ornamental on a school campus in the lower foothills of the Cyclops mountains of equatorial northern New Guinea.


Another variety is shown here

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Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 8 years ago

Thanks Chief RedEarth for the ID! Thanks for your comment, Maria dB!

Maria dB
Maria dB 8 years ago

What a beautiful plant!

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Spotted on Oct 9, 2012
Submitted on Dec 9, 2012

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