ham-EE-lee-uh — named for Henri Louis Duhamel du Monceau, French botanical writer
PAT-ens — spreading
commonly known as: hamelia, hummingbird bush, Mexican firebush, Mexican firecracker, redhead, scarlet bush, Texas firecracker bush

Native of : tropical Americas
 

Shrub or small tree, evergreen, up to 3 m tall; leaves in whorls of 4, elliptic, ovate-oblong to ovate, 5-12 cm long, usually glabrous above, glabrous-tomentose beneath, entire, acute or acuminate; flowers almost sessile with 1-2 mm long pedicel, orange to scarlet, 2-3 cm long, in terminal corymbiform compound cymes; calyx lobes minute; corolla tubular, 13-15 mm long, lobes very short; stamens 5, attached to near middle of corolla tube, filaments 3 mm long; fruit a berry, globose to ellipsoid-oblong, 6-8 mm long, finally red.
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29/6/08- at Railway Station, Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Mumbai; at Coimbatore- Nov.’08?; In Sanjay Gandhi National Park- Oct’09?; in Chennai- June’10; in Raipur city; 01/09/2010- Bandhavgarh;
 

 

 

Bismarckia nobilis palm: Wanted to share this young Bismarckia nobilis palm photographed in Adyar
Theosophical Society Gardens, Chennai. 


The shrub is Hamelia patens.  Always in flowers.  A good garden plant.  


 
 

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Plant ID request 23072011MC1:  Another identification request regarding the plant on which the Loten’s sunbird was found feeding. Location: Adyar Theosophical Society Gardens, Chennai
Plant Type: Large shrub
Flowers: Orange colour, tubular, nectar-bearing


Hamelia patens & Purple sunbird, male, in eclipse plumage.


I have noticed lots of sunbirds and A. dorsata. Not many A. cerana.

 

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efloraofindia:”For Id 27082011MR1’’ flowering plant Pune: Date/Time-August 2011

Location- Place, Altitude, GPS-Pune
Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type- Garden
Plant Habit- Tree/ Shrub/ Climber/ Herb- Shrub
Height/Length- 5-6 feet
Leaves Type/ Shape/ Size-green
Flowers Size/ Colour/ Calyx/ Bracts- faint orange
Fruits Type/ Shape/ Size Seeds-not seen 


 

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Hamelia sp. from Alipore: This Hamelia species is from Alipore Agri-Hort. While searching for particular species ID i get a number of species from http://www.theplantlist.org/browse/A/Rubiaceae/Hamelia/ .

Now, which one to choose from… more searches tells me that it could be Hamelia patens var. glabra as in – http://hortsci.ashspublications.org/content/39/6/1224.full.pdf or in http://www.floridanativenurseries.org/info/plants/the-hamelia-mess/ .
Species : Hamelia patens var. glabra ?
Habit & Habitat : garden shrub
Date : 25-05-12, 12.30 p.m.
Place : Agri-Horticultural Society of India, Alipor (Kolkata)
ID help : http://www.efloras.org/florataxon.aspx?flora_id=2&taxon_id=220006024


this is dwarf Hamelia patens.


Nice pics and good id, … and …
used in xeriscaping in texas and arizona among other states.
In its native country Belize ethnic uses includes treating the HAAJA ( fungal skin infection of the moist skin between the foot toes…) (HAAJA is a bengali word meaning the skin fungal infection of foot and toes)


Though it was the first time i saw this plant but i am very much acquainted with HAAJA… earlier it was common to many village women 😀


 

 

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Rubiaceae Week :: Hamelia patens – Firebush Tree – bangalore RA: Its all over the place.
Looks like a shrub most of the places

Yes, a very well illustrated set of photographs

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ham-EE-lee-uh — named for Henri Louis Duhamel du Monceau, French botanical writer
PAT-ens — spreading
Dec 16, 2006 … at residence garden, Vaghbil, Thane, Maharashtra
commonly known as: hamelia, hummingbird bush, Mexican firebush, Mexican firecracker, redhead, scarlet bush, Texas firecracker bush
Native of : tropical Americas
References: Flowers of IndiaTop TropicalsDave’s GardenDesert TropicalsNPGS / GRIN
more views: Jan 6, 2007 … at residence garden, Vaghbil, Thane, Maharashtra 
Dec 8, 2007 … at Sagar Upavan, Mumbai
Jul 10, 2010 … hotel garden along NH4 near Lonavala, Maharashtra


Yes … Commonly planted in Delhi. We often give it to students for practical study.


 

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Garden plant for identification 230113MK01:  Please help me to identify this shrub. A friend of mine took this image in Kolli hills of Eastern Ghats. Is this Rubiaceae?

Place: Kolli Hills, TN
Alt.: c. 1400 m asl
Date: 14 Jan 2013


Yes, Hamelia patens of Rubiaceae.


Fire bush?
never seen its fruits before


Hamelia patens Jacq. (Rubiaceae).


Many thanks for the identification. Yes, me too seeing the fruits for the first time.


Have one at home. Never seen it fruit. Thank you for sharing.


 

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Rubiaceae Week: Hamelia patens Jacq. from Delhi: Hamelia patens Jacq., Enum. syst. pl. 16. 1760

syn: Hamelia erecta Jacq.
Shrub or small tree, evergreen, up to 3 m tall; leaves in whorls of 4, elliptic, ovate-oblong to ovate, 5-12 cm long, usually glabrous above, glabrous-tomentose beneath, entire, acute or acuminate; flowers almost sessile with 1-2 mm long pedicel, orange to scarlet, 2-3 cm long, in terminal corymbiform compound cymes; calyx lobes minute; corolla tubular, 13-15 mm long, lobes very short; stamens 5, attached to near middle of corolla tube, filaments 3 mm long; fruit a berry, globose to ellipsoid-oblong, 6-8 mm long, finally red.
Commonly planted in Delhi. Photographed from Khalsa College, Delhi Ridge and Vikas Puri.


…, beautiful flowers. I have seen sunbirds hovering around these flowers for the nectar.

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Rubiaceae Week: Hamelia patens from Arya PG College Panipat:  Hamelia patens from Arya PG College Panipat


Nice closeup, … This is a very common shrub in South Indian gardens. Chennai, Mysore and Bangalore. The plant is in flower almost throughout the year


Some More Pics


Yes … Nice photographs


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Rubiaceae Week: Hamelia patens from Panipat: (10 pictures) Hamelia patens Jacq. from Panipat, shot in October 2011, very common ornamental..


Awesome close ups of the flowers. Though I am seeing this plant almost everyday during my evening walks, I have not seen the fruits, perhaps I would have overlooked. Thanks for sharing the photograph of the fruits as well.


 

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Request flower id (x-2) : Attachments (1). 5 posts by 5 authors.
Requesting id of this flower (picture taken at Mumbai). It is favorite of sunbirds.


please check with Hamelia patens


Hamelia patens.


 

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SK1488 05 Oct 2018 : 7 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (6) 
Location: Kowloon Park, Hong Kong 
Date: 16 August 2018
Elevation:125 ft.
Habit : Cultivated  

Hamelia patens Jacq. [Rubiaceae]. 


yes.  know it as mexican fire bush or even hummingbird bush. grows all over gardens in lower gangetic plains. useful plant for foot fungus


 

 
 
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