Clerodendrum ugandense

This Ugandan native is scrambling up the wall of the eastern Glasshouse corridor.
The genus Clerodendrum is predominantly a tropical and subtropical genus of the verbena family. All have flamboyant flowers, which are tubular with prominent stamens, and often have distinct bracts.

Clerodendrum ugandense has terminal panicles of intense blue flowers. These are comprised of four shorter petals, and a lower fifth petal is usually pronounced in a deeper, contrasting colour. Extended, curving anthers emerge from the flower tube. This is a Central African species whose common name is blue glory flower.

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