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Classification System: APG IV

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

Familia: Plantaginaceae
Tribus: Russelieae
Genus: Russelia
Species: R. equisetiformis – R. juncea – R. sarmentosa

Russelia Jacq.
Vernacular names
čeština: ruselie
日本語: 花丁字属, ハナチョウジ属

Russelia is a genus of flowering plants in the plantain family, Plantaginaceae. It is sometimes placed in the families Scrophulariaceae or Veronicaceae.[1] The name honours Scottish naturalist Alexander Russell (1715–1768).[2] Members of the genus are commonly known as firecracker plants or coralblows. Russelia species grow in many parts of the world and are mildly drought resistant.

Russelia equisetiformis and Russelia sarmentosa are commonly used to hide unattractive retaining walls or fences because they grow quickly and have dense foliage. Growing to a maximum height of 1.8 m (5.9 ft), they are shrubs which will tolerate full sun to partial shade. As evergreens they bloom for most of the year.

Due to their attractively coloured flowers, these bushes attract birds and insects (such as bees) that feed on flower nectar.

Selected species

Russelia acuminata
Russelia campechiana Standl.
Russelia chiapensis
Russelia coccinea
Russelia conzattii
Russelia cuneata
Russelia elongata
Russelia equisetiformis Schltdl. & Cham. – Fountainbush, coral plant
Russelia floribunda
Russelia furfuracae
Russelia grandidentata
Russelia hintoni
Russelia jaliscensis
Russelia kacinata
Russelia lanceifolia
Russelia lptopoda
Russelia longifolia
Russelia longisepala
Russelia maculosa
Russelia obtustata
Russelia oxyphylia

Russelia parvifolia
Russelia polyedra Zucc.
Russelia pringlei
Russelia pubescens
Russelia purpusii
Russelia retrorsa
Russelia rotundifolia
Russelia rugosa
Russelia sarmentosa Jacq. – Running russelia, leafy coralblow[3]
Russelia sonorensis
Russelia staleyae
Russelia standleyi
Russelia steyermarkii
Russelia syringaefolia
Russelia tenuis
Russelia tepicensis
Russelia teres
Russelia ternifolia
Russelia tetraptera
Russelia villosa


Carlson, Margery (1957). "Monograph of the Genus Russelia (Scrophulariacae)". Fieldiana Botany. 29 (4): 244–285. doi:10.5962/bhl.title.2398. Retrieved October 31, 2017.

"Genus: Russelia Jacq". Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. 2006-04-20. Retrieved 2011-10-21.
Quattrocchi, Umberto (2000). CRC World Dictionary of Plant Names: Common Names, Scientific Names, Eponyms, Synonyms, and Etymology. Vol. IV R-Z. Taylor & Francis US. p. 2354. ISBN 978-0-8493-2678-3.
"Species Records of Russelia". Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. Retrieved 2010-07-10.

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