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Mussaenda erythrophylla

Mussaenda erythrophylla (*)

Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Asterids
Cladus: Lamiids
Ordo: Gentianales

Familia: Rubiaceae
Subfamilia: Ixoroideae
Tribus: Mussaendeae
Genus: Mussaenda
Species: Mussaenda erythrophylla

Mussaenda erythrophylla Schumach.

Beskrivelse af Guineeiske Planter som ere Fundne af Danske Botanikere, Isaet af Etatsraad Thonning ved F. C. Schumacher. Kjöbenhavn 136. 1827
USDA, ARS, Germplasm Resources Information Network. Mussaenda erythrophylla in the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. Accessed: 09-Oct-10.

Mussaenda erythrophylla, commonly known as Ashanti blood, red flag bush and tropical dogwood, is an evergreen West African shrub. The bracts of the shrub may have different shades, including red, rose, white, pale pink or some mixtures. Mussaenda erythrophylla grows best in warmly temperate or subtropical areas and is semideciduous in cooler parts.[1] In its natural habitat the shrub may scramble up to 10 m (33 ft), but is kept compact under cultivation.[1] The star-like flowers of the shrub are 10 mm (0.39 in) in diameter and have a single, modified sepal.

The caterpillars of the Commander (Limenitis procris), a brush-footed butterfly, utilize this species as a foodplant.

Sheat, Bill; Schofield, Gerald (1995). Complete Gardening in Southern Africa. Struik. p. 76. ISBN 1868257045.

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