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Clerodendrum

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Clerodendrum infortunatum- Hill glorybower

The genus Clerodendrum is native to tropical and warm temperate regions of the world, with most of the species occurring in southern Asia and tropical Africa. Many species are widely distributed throughout the continents.

Most of the species are ornamental with bright and attractive flowers. The flowers provide food for butterflies, Sunbirds, and Hummingbirds.
Many species of this genus have been described in various indigenous systems of medicine and are used in preparation of folklore medicines for the treatment of various life-threatening diseases. Many of Clerodendrum genus have been very well studied for their chemical constituents and biological activities.

Clerodendrum belongs to the family Lamiaceae and are mostly woody shrubs.

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Clerodendrum paniculatum- Pagoda flower (Krishna kireedam)
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Clerodendrum splendens- Flaming glorybower
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Seed head- Flaming glorybower