Bangkok Rose

Sunday, May 03, 2009

I pass by this row of Bangkok Rose shrubs very often. They are located just before the entrance of the Taman Tun Dr Ismail wet market's car park. Recently, the flowers popped-out in full bloom in three different colours.

Mussaenda Philippica, as they are botanically known, originated from Asia. They love the tropical hot climate. The plant's colour comes from its flower sepals and not the small (often yellow, white or orange) flowers at the centre of each cluster. The blooms are in terminal clusters with each having enlarged sepals. Sometimes the enlarged sepals are erroneously referred to as bracts (A bract is a leafy structure which is distinct from the flower proper e.g. Poinsettia bracts).

Below are clusters of Mussaenda Philippica...

The peach-coloured Mussaenda Philippica Queen Sirikit...

And white Mussaenda Philippica Dona Aurora with a little yellow flower...

Musseanda Philippica plant seems like an all-time favourite of many commercial and private gardeners here. I see them planted in many public places, recreational parks and homes for as long as I could remember. They are simply lovely!

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  1. Very, very interesting info here, Steph! I learned something new! Thanks;-) They are allpretty plants.

  2. I always love the pink ones... I saw them in Bangi too .... excuse me for asking this, whats that big signboard in the first photo for "Sedikit, Bayar Kemudian"..? ~ Cheers, have a great weekend..... ~ bangchik

  3. Hi Steph, I've read that Mussaenda philippica seeds are difficult to obtain. I'll keep my eye out for them, though. Thanks for posting this. It's a plant that many will be interested in reading about.

  4. Steph, this is completely new to me...never seen or heard of this rose before. It's huge and just loaded with blooms. I like the cream one with the dark edges. What a nice view to enjoy while at the market. Thanks for visiting my garden and your nice comments.

  5. Very nice shrubs, a great mixed of different colors. I like the white Mussaenda Philippica Dona Aurora and peach Mussaenda Philippica Queen Sirikit.

  6. I am happy that you all like these blooms. I have inserted another photo for your appreciation.

    Hi Bangchik, check my message to you in Blotanical :-)

    Hi Prospero, take note of plant care for tropical plants also.

  7. If this plant had a DISC profile... it'd be choleric :) Coz its so loud...haha.

  8. Lovely photos, Stephanie. Mussaendas are popular plants here too. I love the way they put up such a spectacular show!

  9. Wow I've never seen anything like this! Thank you for posting. Please post more of your garden travels around as you pictures are wonderful and I am enjoying learning about the plants there!

  10. They are gorgeous and put the little poinsettia plants we buy at Christmastime here to shame ;-) I love the white one with the yellow flower.

  11. Very beautiful flowers, haven't seen or heard of them before but they are just beautiful

    Thanks for sharing

  12. I'm not familiar with these beautiful flowers. Thanks for sharing. :)

  13. I just love the peach-colored ones! The darker outline with the soft peachish-white in the center. Very pretty. I don't think I've ever seen a flower like that before. Very cool.

  14. I never seen musaenda before. It realy i a beautiful plant. It might goes as an inndoorplant in my area.



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