flickr-free-ic3d pan white

Aeschynanthus garrettii #3

Best viewed @ large size


Gesneriaceae - Thailand

Hardy Lipstick Plant

Shown: Detail of flower; length of corolla tube approx. 3.5 cm; anthers extend another 5 mm beyond corolla tube


"Aeschynanthus is a genus of ca. 185 species of tropical herbs. They are found in southern and southeastern Asia, the islands of Indonesia, New Guinea, and the Philippines. They are usually trailing epiphytes with brightly colored flowers that are pollinated by sunbirds. Among the better known species are Aeschynanthus lobbianus and Aeschynanthus radicans. The genus name comes from a contraction of aischuno (to be ashamed) and anthos (flower). The common name for some species is "lipstick plant", which comes from the appearance of the developing buds of some species. A full list of the accepted species and their synonyms can be found in the Smithsonian Institution's World Checklist of Gesneriaceae." (Wikipedia)


Periodically available online:


My additional images of A. garrettii:


Photographed in my garden in San Francisco, California

4 faves
1 comment
Taken on November 10, 2011