Clerodendrum tracyanum (Lamiaceae)

Clerodendrum tracyanum IMG_2163

This is a rain forest understorey shrub with wonderfully large leaf proportions. The leaves can be almost as large as a dinner plate, and have a superficial resemblance to the Stinging Tree, particularly Dendrocnides cordifolia.

However, C. tracyanum is not quite as strongly toothed on the leaf margins, and tends to have a light green look, caused by the somewhat felty hairs on their leaves. Perfectly safe to touch.

Of course, the fruits which contrasts with the brightly coloured calyces are quite distinctive of the genus.


About David Tng

I am David Tng, a hedonistic botanizer who pursues plants with a fervour. I chase the opportunity to delve into various aspects of the study of plants. I have spent untold hours staring at mosses and allied plants, taking picture of pollen, culturing orchids in clean cabinets, counting tree rings, monitoring plant flowering times, etc. I am currently engrossed in the study of plant ecology (a grand excuse to see 'anything I can). Sometimes I think of myself as a shadow taxonomist, a sentimental ecologist, and a spiritual environmentalist - but at the very root of it all, a "plant whisperer"!
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