Mussaenda philippica A.Rich. cv. 'Aurorae'

Sub-Family: Not available
English Name: White Mussaenda
Synonym: Mussaenda grandiflora Rolfe
Common Name: Bangkok Rose, Queen Sirikit
Flowering & Fruiting Period: November-June
Distribution: Native of Philippines, Caroline Island and Solomon Island
Habitat: Grown as garden plant
Uses: Ornamental
Key Characteristics: The cultivarMussaenda philippicaAuroraeis named after Dona Aurora, the wife of a former president of the Philippines. It is much showier than the wild type, having all five calyx lobes greatly enlarged, white and pendant. The most attractive features are the showy flowers which are composed of a small, tubular flowers with 5 orange-yellow petals and 5 greatly enlarged sepals (bracts) of pure white colour. The flowers are a deep golden yellow and are often hidden by the profusion of enlarged bracts. It is a shrub or small tree, 3-5 m high. Leaves are opposite, broad-ovate, with short-pointed tips, dark green and glossy. Flowering can be enhanced by deadheading (removing faded flowers). Although it does not produce seed, the pollen is fertile and this cv has been used in the breeding of a number of outstanding cultivars in crosses withM. erythrophyllaandM. frondosa.