|Etymology||Genus||From Greek aischyno (ashamed) and anthos (flowers); referring to the blushing red color of the flowers|
|Synonyms||Aeschynanthus parvifolius R. Br.|
|Common Names||Lipstick Plant, Lipstick Vine|
|Status||Native: Presumed Extinct|
|Native Distribution||South Thailand and Vietnam, Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, Sumatra, Java|
Aeschynanthus pulcher is a herbaceous climber or epiphyte on trees or rocks, found in our rainforests. The opposite leaves may be green or purplish, usually hairless or sparsely hairy at the leaf base. For the tubular flowers, it has dark red to purple calyx >10mm long, and are mostly covered with hairs except for the ovaries.
It bears a very close resemblance to Aeschynanthus radicans, but a key distinguishing feature is the hairy ovary, and densely hairy leaf underside (Middleton, 2016).
Red tubular flowers with purple calyx in Nee Soon Swamp Forest (2013).
Sprawling over a Bird's Nest Fern.
Close-up of leaves.
Young leaves, which appear to be more hairy
Williams C (2014) The rediscovery of a presumed nationally extinct Aeschynanthus. Gardenwise 43: 10-11.
Middleton DJ (2016) A revision of Aeschynanthus (Gesneriaceae) in Singapore and Peninsular Malaysia. Gardens’ Bulletin Singapore, 68(1): 1-63.