Clerodendrum thomsoniae (bleeding-heart vine)Place : Legship, West Sikkim
Date: May 25, 2014
Pic: Shital Pradhan
Family: Verbenaceae (or Lamiaceae)
Genus: Clerodendrum thomsoniae
Species: C. thomsoniae
Binomial name: Clerodendrum thomsoniae Balf.
Other Names: bleeding glory-bower, glory-bower, bag flower, bleeding-heart vine
Special feature: It is a native to tropical West Africa from Cameroon west to Senegal.
The plant was named at the request of Rev. William Cooper Thomson (1829-22 March 1878), a missionary and physician in Nigeria, in honor of his late first wife. This plant was very popular during the mid 19th century under the name "beauty bush". It lost favour only when its unusual culture conditions were forgotten. Specifically, its root system must be partially submerged in water most of the time, and it wants very good light.