Coral Plant
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Coral Plant
ntroduced Photo: Edward Swartz
Common name: Firecracker plant, Coral plant • Hindi: रसीली Rasili
Botanical name: Russelia equisetiformis    Family: Plantaginaceae (Plantain family)

Firecracker plants name was inspired from the scarlet, long, tubular flowers which resemble red colored firecrackers, so common in India. Also called, coral plant, it is a multi-branched subshrub with slender, rushlike stems that are angled with ridges and leaves that are reduced to little more than small scales. The wiry branches start out erect then fall over to cascade down in lengths as long as 4 ft.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Tiruvannamali, Tamil Nadu, and Bangalore.
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