• This is a popular ornamental plant thanks to its unusually soft, brightly coloured flowers.
  • In cultivation, only female plants are likely to be seen and it is the female part of the flower, the stigma, that gives the red colour to the hanging tails.

Where it grows

Tropical dry forests in Papua New Guinea.

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  • Axil: angle between the stem and the leaf.
  • Perennial: lives for at least two years.