Clerodendrum paniculatum (pagoda flower)
Clerodendrum paniculatum growing in Singapore Botanic Gardens
Clerodendrum paniculatum L.
pagoda flower (English); pangil-pangil or panggil-panggil (Malay).
Least Concern according to IUCN Red List criteria.
Various, from waste-ground to rainforest, often close to fresh water.
About this species
Clerodendrum paniculatum was first described in 1767 by the ‘father’ of modern biological nomenclature – the Swedish botanist, Carl Linnaeus. The species epithet refers to the large ‘paniculate’ clusters of flowers (inflorescences), the feature which makes this such a visually-striking plant. The pagoda flower is commonly encountered in the Asian tropics, where it is popular as an ornamental and known for its medicinal uses.