Hamelia patens Jacq.

 
  • Family : RUBIACEAE
    (MADDER or COFFEE FAMILY)
  • Family (as per The Plant List) : Rubiaceae
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Hamelia patens Jacq.
  • Common name : Hummingbird Bush, Scarlet Bush, Fire Bush
  • Habit : Shrub
  • Comments / notes : Commonly planted in gardens as an ornament for its nectariferous flowers, which usually attract birds, butterflies and other insects
  • Key identification features : A large shrub. Leaves in whorls, elliptic-ovate. Flowers red, helicoid cyme.
  • Flower, Fruit : Throughout the year
  • Native : Tropical America
  • World Distribution : Cultivated in most parts of the world.
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Literature : H.O. Saxena & M. Brahmam, 1995- Flora of Orissa Vol. 2; R. S. Rao et al., 1986 - Flora of West Godavari District; R. S. Rao and S. H. Sreeramulu, 1986 - Flora of Srikakulam District; Matthew, K.M., Flora of Tamil Nadu Carnatic, Vol.3 (1). Diocesan Press, Madras. 1983; Ramaswamy & Razi, 1973 - Flora of Bangalore district, Karnataka state; Gopalakrishna Bhat, 2003 – Flora of Udupi District; Gopalakrishna Bhat, 2014 - Flora of South Kanara; Sasidharan, N. 2011. Flowering plants of Kerala. DVD, V 2, KFRI.
  • Citation : Sankara Rao, K., Raja K Swamy, Deepak Kumar, Arun Singh R. and K. Gopalakrishna Bhat (2019). Flora of Peninsular India. http://peninsula.ces.iisc.ac.in/plants.php?name=Hamelia patens. Downloaded on 10 December 2019.

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