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Aeschynanthus speciosus Hook.

Family Name: Gesneriaceae
Common Name: Lipstick vine
Semi-Shade Moderate Water Occasional Misting Bird-Attracting Hanging Basket Interiorscape / Indoor Plant Ornamental Flowers Epiphyte Woody


Family Name
Genus Epithet
Species Epithet
Name Authority
Common Names

Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Growth Form Shrub, Epiphyte
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial


Native Distribution Malay Peninsula, Borneo, Java
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Shrub like epiphyte with stems to 60cm long
Foliage Leaves green, thick leathery.
Flowers Flowers tubular, calyx bright green. Outer surface of corolla tube yellowish orange at the basal one third (near the calyx), reddish-orange towards the mouth. Inner surface of corolla tube yellowish orange, mouth with a reddish-orange rim and dark reddish brown - maroon markings.

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Flowers
Plant & Rootzone Preference - Tolerance Moist Soils, Well-Drained Soils, Fertile Loamy Soils, Easy to Grow
Landscape Uses Hanging Basket, Interiorscape/ Indoor Plant, Small Gardens, Vertical Greenery / Green Wall, Skyrise / Balcony, Container Planting
Thematic Landscaping Bird & Wildlife Garden

Fauna, Pollination and Dispersal

Fauna Pollination Dispersal Associated Fauna Bird Attracting (Flowers)
Pollination Method(s) Biotic (Fauna) (Vertebrates (Bird))
Seed or Spore Dispersal Abiotic

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Semi-Shade
Water Preference Moderate Water, Occasional Misting
Planting Remarks Prefers slightly cooler growing temperatures; will do well in air conditioned areas if watered sufficiently.
Pest(s) Sucking Insects
Propagation Method Seed, Stem Cutting


Foliage Retention Evergreen
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Colour(s) Red, Orange, Yellow / Golden
Flower Texture(s) Velvety / Furry / Tomentose
Flower Grouping Cluster / Inflorescence
Flowering Period Free-Flowering, After Rain

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Master ID 4
Species ID 1300
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Species record last updated on: 19 March 2021.