Mussaenda erythrophylla

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Mussaenda erythrophylla
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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Gentianales
Family: Rubiaceae
Genus: Mussaenda
Species: M. erythrophylla
Binomial name
Mussaenda erythrophylla
Schumach. & Thonn. (1827)
Flower closeup

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.


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

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