Characteristics of Pagoda Flower Tree (Clerodendrum paniculatum) in the Wild

Clerodendrum paniculatum
Pagoda flower is a species of flowering plant in the genus Clerodendrum, native to tropical Asia which includes China, Taiwan, the Philippines, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea. Reportedly this plant naturalized in France and Central America.

Pagoda flower trees have long been an ornamental plant in homes or gardens in various regions with tropical climates. The tree is not that big and the flowers have a bright red color, making it beautiful when planted in landscapes.

This tree has become one of the religious trees in Sri Lanka, and many local people respect the pagoda flower tree.

Pagoda flower tree is known by many names in every country including Bunga Pagoda (Indonesia), Hanuman Crown, Krishnamudi, Six Moon Tree, Peru, Kavadi, Pegota, Pokok Pagoda (Malaysia), Num Sawan, and Phanom Sawan (Thailand).

 

Characteristics of Pagoda Flower Leaf

Clerodendrum paniculatum Leaf
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The leaves are round, the bouquet is red or yellow, tiered rhizome, green, and cylindrical.

 

Characteristics of Pagoda Flower

Clerodendrum paniculatum Flower
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The flowers are apical in shape in a circle (conical upward), arranged alternately, red, and smelly.

 

Characteristics of Pagoda Flower Tree

Clerodendrum paniculatum Tree
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The pagoda flower tree is a perennial shrub 2-3 meters high. It likes loose, nutrient-rich, well-drained soil. The tree can live in full sun or shade.

 
BENEFITS OF PAGODA FLOWER TREE

Its rhizome is used in traditional medicine to cure stomach aches and poisoning.

The essential oil from the root rhizome has a unique odor and has an antihypertensive effect.

 

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