Bleeding Heart Vine
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Bleeding Heart Vine
ntroduced Photo: Tabish
Common name: Bleeding Heart Vine, Bleeding Glory Bower, Bag Flower • Malayalam: കഡലപൂവു Kadalapoovu
Botanical name: Clerodendrum thomsoniae    Family: Verbenaceae (verbena family)

Bleeding Heart Vine is an evergreen vine growing up to 4 m long, with ovate to oblong leaves 8-17 cm long. The flowers are produced in cymes of 8-20 together, each flower with a pure white to pale purple five-sepal 2.5 cm in diameter, and a red five-petal flower 2 cm long and in diameter. Red flowers peeping out of the tip of white heart-shaped sepals inspired the name bleeding heart. The flowers are born in cyme like clusters arising from the axils of the leaves. The leaves, in turn, are arranged opposite to each other and at right angles to the pairs above and below. Bleeding Heart Vine is native to Tropical Africa, popularly cultivated in NE India.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in cultivation in Manipur.

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