Coral Shrimp Plant
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Coral Shrimp Plant
P Native Photo: Preetha P.S.
Common name: Coral Shrimp Plant, Coral aphelandra, Orange shrimp plant, Panama queen
Botanical name: Aphelandra sinclairiana    Family: Acanthaceae (Acanthus family)

Coral Shrimp Plant is a tall shrub, sometimes reaching up to 10 ft high, but normally it is kept around 3-4 ft by trimming. The rose-red tubular flowers are borne in orange-red bracts on 8 inch long spikes, in an unusual color combination. The showy spikes are borne at branch-ends, many together. The long tapered elliptic leaves are glossy green to yellow-green, with depressed veins that add a corrugated texture. Coral Shrimp Plant is native to Central America, cultivated as garden plant elsewhere.

Identification credit: Preetha P.S. Photographed in cultivation in Vizhinjam, Kerala.

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