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Pagoda flower of Malnad 

The pagoda flower, locally known as ratha pushpa (clerodendrum paniculatum) is a wild flower seen in Malnad region during the rainy season. It draws the attention of people by its unusual patterns and length. 

It is also called teru huvu as it resembles the decorated upper part of a temple car (ratha) and the pagoda plant. It can be seen standing individually or in clusters by roadside or on the banks of rivers, brooks and streams. 

The flower also looks like a tower, wide at the bottom and pointed at the top. The flower is a great source of nectar for butterflies and grows in India, Sri Lanka and Malaysia.

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 it such a visually-striking plant. The pagoda flower is commonly encountered in the Asian tropics, where it is used as an ornamental plant and known for its medicinal and healing abilities.

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