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Aeschynanthus pulcher

Family Name: Gesneriaceae
Synonyms: Aeschynanthus lobbianus, Aeschynanthus parvifolius
Common Name: Lipstick Plant, 口红花
Semi-Shade Moderate Water Native to Singapore Hanging Basket Interiorscape / Indoor Plant Ornamental Flowers Ornamental Foliage Epiphyte Woody Creeper


Family Name
Genus Epithet
Species Epithet
Name Status (botanical)
Common Names

Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Dicotyledon)
Plant Growth Form Shrub (Trailing), Epiphyte
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic


Native Distribution Thailand, Singapore, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Java, Sarawak & Kalimantan
Local Conservation Status Native to Singapore

Description and Ethnobotany

Foliage Thick, fleshy leaves are elliptic with smooth leaf edges. They are neatly arranged in pairs along long trailing stems. 
Flowers Bright red, tubular flowers are surrounded at the base by a dark red, tubular calyx (collective group of sepals that forms the outermost layer of the flower). The outer surface of the calyx and corolla (collective group of petals which are fused together to form a tube in this species) are densely covered in short, white hairs. The flowers are vertically oriented and arranged in small clusters at the stem tips. 

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Foliage, Ornamental Flowers
Landscape Uses Hanging Basket, Interiorscape/ Indoor Plant

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Semi-Shade
Water Preference Moderate Water


Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Colour(s) Red

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Master ID 2
Species ID 1298
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Species record last updated on: 20 April 2020.