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Clerodendrum paniculatum (pagoda flower)

The pagoda flower, so called because of its tall, pyramidal inflorescences, is one of the most spectacular Clerodendrum species.
Clerodendrum paniculatum growing in Singapore Botanic Gardens

Clerodendrum paniculatum growing in Singapore Botanic Gardens

Species information

Scientific name: 

Clerodendrum paniculatum L.

Common name: 

pagoda flower (English); pangil-pangil or panggil-panggil (Malay).

Conservation status: 

Least Concern according to IUCN Red List criteria.


Various, from waste-ground to rainforest, often close to fresh water.

Key Uses: 

Ornamental. Medicinal.

Known hazards: 

None known.


Genus: Clerodendrum

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.


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