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Clerodendrum buchananii

Family Name: Lamiaceae (Labiatae)
Synonyms: Clerodendrum fallax, Clerodendrum speciosissimum
Common Name: Mata Ajam, Kembang, Bogang, Java Glorybower
Full Sun Semi Shade Lots of Water Butterfly-Attracting Plant Ornamental Flowers Shrub


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Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Growth Form Shrub
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic


Native Distribution India, Malesia and the Society Islands
Native Habitat Terrestrial
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Medium-sized shrub, able to grow up to 4 m tall.
Foliage Heart-shaped leaves, pointed and hairy, measuring about 7 - 20 cm long and 6 - 17 cm wide.
Flowers Red to orange flowers in terminal panicles, each inflorescence cluster can be up to 45 cm tall. 
Fruits Fruit is fleshy and turns from red to dark purple, contains one seed.
Etymology Genus epithet Clerodendrum is from the Greek word "kleros" which means chance and "dendron" meaning a tree. Species epithet buchananii is named after John Buchanan (1819 - 1898) who was a specialist in New Zealand plants.

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Flowers
Plant & Rootzone Preference - Tolerance Well-Drained Soils
Landscape Uses Parks & Gardens, Small Gardens

Fauna, Pollination and Dispersal

Fauna Pollination Dispersal Associated Fauna Butterfly Food Plant

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Semi-Shade, Full Sun
Water Preference Lots of Water


Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green
Leaf Area Index (LAI) for Green Plot Ratio 4.5 (Shrub & Groundcover - Dicot)

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Colour(s) Red

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Master ID 521
Species ID 1817
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Species record last updated on: 24 December 2021.