24 Aug 2015

Flowering Plants of Kerala: White Mussaenda

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Kingdom: Plantae
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision: Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division: Magnoliophyta or Angiosperms – Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida – Dicots
Subclass: Asteridae
Order: Rubiales
Family: Rubiaceae (The Coffee family)
Botanical name: Mussaenda philippica 'Aurorae'
Common Name: White Mussaenda
Habit: Perennial Shrub

Mussaenda are a large group of showy plants of the Coffee family. M. Aurorae is named after Dona Aurora, the wife of a former president of Philippines. Beautiful orange-colored star-shaped flowers are supported by 5 large, soft, greenish white sepals. 

white mussaenda
white mussaenda
white mussaenda
white mussaenda
white mussaenda
white mussaenda
white mussaenda
white mussaenda

The above pictures were taken with Nikon Coolpix. Please click on each picture to get the full view.
Location: My garden at Kottayam, Kerala

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