Aeschynanthus javanicus


There are a cluster of species names, including javanicus and lobbianus, that have been synonymized under A. pulcher.   A. pulcher is a variable species, but always characterized by large red flowers that emerge from a tubular calyx, reminiscent of lipstick emerging from a tube.  As a result, a number of variants of this species are referred to as “Lipstick Plants”.

Another print of A. javanicus  shows a plant with similar form. A print of A. lobbianus, closely related, has different-looking flowers and calyces. A photograph of a plant can be seen here.