Clerodendrum chinense

Clerodendrum chinense (Osbeck) Mabb.

Synonym: Clerodendrum phillippinum

Common Names: Glory Bower, Wild Jessamine

Family: Lamiaceae

Habit: Clerodendrum chinense grows as a shrubby vine to 5 m. The leaves are arranged oppositely, up to 25 cm in length, ovate to cordate, with a toothed leaf margin, and an acute leaf apex. The abaxial leaf surface is grey/green and glandular punctate.

The complete, perfect, zygomorphic flowers are arranged in terminal cymes. The flowers open continuously with new flowers appearing every few days. The calyx has 5 fused, glabrous, red/purple sepals.  The corolla has 5 to numerous, fused, white to light pink petals with the lower lobe larger than the other ones. There are 4 stamens fused to the corolla.  The ovary is superior with 4 locules and numerous ovules.

Habitat: Clerodendrum chinense grows in Human Altered environments (yards, gardens, disturbed/cleared areas).

Distribution: Clerodendrum chinense is NOT native to the Lucayan Archipelago but is grown on many of the northern island groupings and in the Caribbean region.  It is native to China but now common throughout tropical and subtropical areas globally.

Medicinal/Cultural/Economic usage: Clerodendrum chinense is not known to be used medicinally in the Lucayan Archipelago.

It is grown as an ornamental but often escapes cultivation.

It is considered an invasive in the Caribbean and Pacific islands.