紅樓花 fire spike

在兵頭花園楓香樹道頭的花圃,種著這常綠灌木,花朵妖嬈;但吸引我的是那塊如雞冠花冠的花序。

原來她來自中美洲,是蜜源植物,長管狀的紅花,吸引鳳蝶還有蜂鳥。

fire spike is native to central america. it is a nectar plant attracting swallowtail butterflies here and hummingbird back home. it has showy flashy red flowers. but i have to admit the reason this plant drew my attention is this unusual cockscomb-like inflorescence. (fire spike’s standard inflorescence is spike)

紅樓花 fire spike (odontonema strictum) – acanthaceae family 爵床科 | 紅樓花屬 odontonema genus

原產地: 熱帶雨林區,中美洲,波多黎各

花頂生,花梗細長,赤褐色,穗狀花序,成串,紅色,小花花冠細筒狀,喉部稍見肥大,花瓣容易脫落。長管狀的豔紅花朵是標準的蝶媒花,夏秋花期誘引各種鳳蝶穿梭其間。花期 9~12 月。《台中市立后里國民中學

odontonema strictum or firespike is native to central america. it is an attractive, compact shrub that will reach 6 feet. it has oblong leaves that are 6 inches long. blooming time: in the fall, abundant 1-inch tubular, bright red, waxy flowers adorn the plant in 12-inch spikes.

when used as a shrub or patio plant it is a great hummingbird attractor. cal’s plant of the week” by the university of oklahoma department of botany & microbiology

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