Mussaenda erythrophylla Schumach. & Thonn.
|English Name:||Red Mussaenda|
|Synonym:||Mussaenda splendida Welw.|
|Common Name:||Ashanti blood,a red flag bush and tropical dogwood|
|Flowering & Fruiting Period:||December - June|
|Distribution:||Native of tropical Africa|
|Habitat:||Grown as garden plant|
|Key Characteristics:||An ornamental shrub or tree that can reach a height of 30 ft, though in cultivation ranges from 3 to 10 feet tall. A semi-deciduous rambling shrub with multiple stems, covered with opposite leaves that are medium to dark green, round to ovate.It flowers almost non-stop through the year with several flowers borne in branching terminal panicles. Each flower is composed of a small creamish white corolla that is five-lobed, funnel-shaped with a crimson-red felt center, together with a single roundish-ovate and enlarged bright red sepal (bract).|