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Aeschynanthus pulcher (curly leaf)

Family Name: Gesneriaceae
Synonyms: Aeschynanthus lobbianus (curly leaf)
Common Name: Lipstick Plant, 口红花
Semi-Shade Moderate Water Hanging Basket Interiorscape / Indoor Plant Ornamental Flowers Ornamental Foliage Woody Creeper


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

Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Dicotyledon)
Plant Growth Form Shrub (Trailing)
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Herb with trailing growth habit.
Foliage Thick, fleshy leaves are elliptic and tightly curled under. They occur in decussate leaf arrangement with adjacent leaf pairs perpendicular to one another. The upper surface is smooth and dark green with a prominent sunken midrib, while the lower surface is light green.
Flowers Bright red, tubular flower has 3-4 triangular lobes. The calyx (outermost layer of the flower composed of the sepals) is reddish brown and tubular. It is densely covered in short, white hairs and has triangular lobes near the opening.

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 3
Species ID 1299
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Species record last updated on: 20 April 2020.