Pentas lanceolata (Forssk.) Deflers, Voy. Yemen 142 1889. (Syn: Manettia lanceolata (Forssk.) Vahl; Mussaenda aegyptiaca Poir. [Illegitimate]; Mussaenda lanceolata (Forssk.) Spreng. [Illegitimate]; Mussaenda luteola Delile [Illegitimate]; Neurocarpaea lanceolata (Forssk.) R.Br.; Ophiorrhiza lanceolata Forssk.; Pentas lanceolata (Forssk.) K. Schum.; Pseudomussaenda lanceolata (Forssk.) Wernham;               (=) Pentas carnea auct. pl.);
Ethiopia to Mozambique, Comoros, Arabian Peninsula: Bangladesh, Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Yemen, Zaïre; Introduced into: Caroline Is., Colombia, Cook Is., Gilbert Is., Marianas, Marshall Is., Norfolk Is., Society Is., Trinidad-Tobago, Tubuai Is., Windward Is. as per POWO;
PEN-tass — five
lan-see-oh-LAY-tuh — lance-shaped
commonly known as: Egyptian star cluster, pentas, star cluster, star flower
Native to: tropical Africa, Yemen; cultivated elsewhere as ornamental in tropics
There are two types, one normal grows upto 3′-4′ and with spreading habit and another dwarf grows upto 1.5’to 2′ with compact habit. Both have white, pink and red flowers. commonly grown in little drier climate.   


Rubiaceae Week – Pentas lanceolata – 060212 – RK:
Pics taken at homeBangalore – 29th Oct at 10am.

This is one of the important plants in a butterfly garden.
There are different colours of flowers in this species : white, red, pink etc.
Very common in Chennai, Mysore and Bangalore gardens.

Awesome Shots


Rubiaceae Week: Pentas lanceolata from a Nursery in Karnal:
Pentas lanceolata from a Nursery in Karnal

More Pics from CCSHAU Botanical Garden Hisar

Another good set of pictures. Here its one of the most common ornamental in many house/office etc.,

beautiful flowers. Wherever there are pentas, you see lots of butterflies there.


Rubiaceae Week: Pentas lanceolata from Hissar- 2011:
This is Pentas lanceolata (Forssk.) Deflers shot from Botanical Garden of Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agriculture University, Hissar in November 2011

Another beautiful upload.


Rubiaceae Week: Pentas lanceolata from Dombivli:
Sending a photo of Pentas lanceolata
Place : Dombivli
Date : March 2009
Habitat : Cultivated
Others : Favorite of butterflies


04/06/2013 ASP 39 : Attachments (1).  3 posts by 3 authors.
Can you please ID this ornamental herbaceous plant with pinkish red flowers. Photo was taken in a garden in the central district in Sri Lanka in March 2012.

Pentas lanceolata of Rubiaceae

Yes, Pentas lanceolata..


Hooghly – looks like what ided as Pentas : Attachments (3). 3 posts by 2 authors.

This one may be same as

Yes, this should be Pentas lanceolata

Ornamental Rubiaceae for ID: May 2014 DSR_12 : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (3).
This small ornamental shrub cultivated in Pantnagar produce white flowers like Ixora.
Please suggest ID.

Pentas sp?

… has lead to a correct genus.
Pentas lanceolata (Forssk.) Deflers


SK399 03MAR-2017:ID : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)

Location: Shanghai, China
Altitude: 100 -200 ft.
Date: 29 October 2014

Pentas lanceolata

Thank you … Pentas lanceolata (Forssk.) Deflers (accepted name)

SK775 06 OCT-2017:ID : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (8)
Location :  Pokhara, Nepal 
Date : 9 August 2017
Altitude : 2800 ft.

Cultivated? Pl. mention with your posts if you think so.

Yes, it is. I forgot.

Pentas lanceolata

Thank you …! Yes … it is cultivated. Pentas lanceolata (Forssk.) Deflers



04082011-BS-001- a small Garden Herb for Id from Golden nursery karnal:
pls id this annual Garden herb about 1 ft high, ornamental, shot from Golden Nursery Karnal, flowers pinkish white in clusters and opposite leaves

I think Pentas lanceolata, after getting common name from nurserymen called as petas

You may be right … I was thinking that the corolla lobes are narrower than that of Pentas. But I now know that Pentas shows great variation in color, shape size etc. Even there are 6-7 corolla lobes (


Prior Identification by .. Ixora sp
When I got it from the nursery they said it is Pentas
Date/Time- Sep 2011
Location- Pune
Habitat- Garden
Plant Habit- Plant
Height/Length- about 2 feet
Leaves  Green
Flowers  White
Fruits   Not seen
A lot of wasps seen feeding on the flowers

Yes Pentas lanceolata

Thank you … So is this *Pentas lanceolata ‘Graffiti White’*

I think Yes

It is pentas in white. There are two types, one normal grows upto 3′-4′ and with spreading habit  and another dwarf  grows upto 1.5’to 2′ with compact habit. Both have white, pink and red flowers. commonly grown in little drier climate. in pune all shades and both the types are available in most of the nurseries.
nice plant for balconies or home gardens as well landscaped large gardens.

efloraindia: 011111 BRS 103: For sp. id. request.
Date/Time-Location- 29.10.2011, NBNP Garden
Place, Altitude, GPS- Anaikatti (640 MSL), Coimbatore Dist.,
Habitat- Garden
Type-Plant Habit- Shrub

Pentas lanceolata (Forssk.) Deflers,


Pentas lanceolata – 061111 – RK: (mixed thread):
2 pics of P.lanceolata taken on 29-10-11 at 9.55am in Bangalore.

its very popular with the nursery folks this monsoon … I have one in my balcony…
blooms only periodically in that situation…
is yours in the garden grounds or in tubs?

forgot to tell you, in california… it seems hummingbirds love it…
a very nice picture is at :
next time you are in your son’s place… may be you can catch hummingbirds in action like this..

Beautiful photo … and … your humming bird capture is superb. These are also the favorites of butterflies as lots of butterflies can be seen hovering around these flowers. Here is a Orange pentas from Goa.

Excellent combo photograph … The plant is widely used in butterfly gardens. There are several varieties / colours.

That’s nice to know …, my little plant does not have any flowers right now, had them for about a month at end of monsoon here in Kolkata….. It will perhaps rest and then flower again, am feeding it for green growth right now, and may be later will start off to give it some phosphorous rich food to encourage flowering again… tough job to get these things to flower in pots.. but I am hoping that butterflies would discover my plants/ flowers …

The Pentas [gifted to me] is in the only sunny, SMALL, square in my balcony! Am hoping it will attract the v. beautiful butterflies fluttering among the branches/fronds of the Cannonball, Fishtail Palm, B.coccinea, T. pallida, etc.
The pic of Anna’s Hummingbird you have sent makes me feel so nostalgic. A brilliant-coloured hummingbird [ not Anna’s – could not id it ] magically flew in on to a gorgeous Bird of Paradise just 15mnts before i was to leave for the airport – 21/2′ away from me at eye-level.V. frustrating!! I was so flustered – wonder where it was all the time i could have taken shots comfortably!
Here are pics of the Bird of Paradise. The first one was at where the HB was teasingly fluttering/flapping around

Beautiful bird of paradise… they are sooo common in california gardens, aren’t they? Frrustrating , cant seem to ge t them going…here they seem to not like the high humidity, though in Florida the weather was almost like kolkata, I had a large clump… but in India may be I am missing something in the horticultural details…
That hummingbird picture link I sent was a pic taken by a lady who specializes in banding birds for id and studying migration etc … she is also very good with her camera it seems..


Rubiaceae for identification 040412MK01:

Please help me to identify this Rubiaceae shrub. Is this a Pentas sp.?
Date: 05 Feb 2012
Place: a garden in Coimbatore city, TN
The plant was 3 metres tall and with leaves c.10×4 cm; inflorescence head c.10cm across

Yes …, This looks to be Pentas lanceolatus..

Yes it is Pentas lanceolata (Forssk.) Deflers the Egyptian Starcluster

Pentas lanceolatus. A common garden plant. There are many coloured varieties (flowers) in this species. This is one of the “Butterfly garden” plants

Yes it seems they are Pentas… but flowers are a bit larger than what we see in current nursery stocks I have had several of them in recent years… regional difference?

Pentas lanceolata (Forssk.) Deflers from CCSHAU Hisar
Family: Rubiaceae



Flower ID request – RK41 – 1-Nov-2012:
Request id of this garden plant / shrub from Mumbai, it is flowering now. It is around 4 – 5 feet tall.

This is the white flowered PENTAS lancellata.
they come in many colors
most we see in india is the deep pink to scarlet
white is uncommon…



Rubiaceae Week – Pentas lanceolata – 060212 – RK2:
Pic taken at homeBangalore – 27th Oct – 9.30am


Rubiaceae Week -Pentas lanceolata from Coimbatore.:
Sharing the images of Pentas lanceolata from NBNP, Coimbatore.

A popular garden plant


PEN-tass — five
lan-see-oh-LAY-tuh — lance-shaped
Nov 17, 2011 … at a resort garden in Ooty, Tamil Nadu
commonly known as: Egyptian star cluster, pentas, star cluster, star flower
Native to: tropical Africa, Yemen; cultivated elsewhere as ornamental in tropics
References: Flowers of IndiaDave’s GardenNPGS / GRIN
more views: Sep 28, 2007 … in a resort garden, along NH 8 near Sasunavghar, Maharashtra
May 10, 2007 … at a residence garden, Mangalore

Really nice set of pictures.
I had also posted this sp. with pink flowers.

Flower for id -ID01022018SH1 : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1)
Flower for Id pl. Any Ixora sp.?
Location – Home Garden, Mumbai
Date – Feb 2017

I hope it is Pentas lanceolata..


Pentas lanceolata (Forssk.) Deflers : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (5)- around 600 kb each.
Location: Hong Kong Park  
Date: 15 August 2018
Elevation: 200 ft.
Habit : Cultivated


Plant for ID : Kenya : 27JAN21 : AK-31: 1 image.
Plant seen growing wild in the jungle.
Seems to be Pentas.
I have only one clear picture.

Is it Pentas lanceolata?

Hoping you’re right


Pentas lanceolata from Jammu-GS02052022-2: 6 very high res. images.
Pentas lanceolata, photographed from Jammu, J & K, 2-11-2014.

Very nice images. A common garden plant in Chennai. Attracts plenty of butterflies. Used in butterfly gardens.

Pentas lanceolata subsp. quartiniana (A.Rich.) Verdc.: 5 very high res. images.

Location: Kew, London, UK
Altitude: 19 m.
Date: 04 April 2022
Habit : Cultivated / Labeled


Do Pentas bear male and female flowers ?:
Do Pentas plants bear male and female flowers separately ?
Was looking through Pentas lanceolata posts.
Found that there shows two kinds of flowers; one with stamens, other with stigma.
Few posts listed:
showing both
with stamens
with stigma


efloraofindia:”For Id 27062012MR1’’ red insect on Pentas plant Pune:
June 2012 at Pune
Observed this red insect on the Pentas plant at my home. It was trying to hide under the leaves. Never seen this insect before.

This is a Sheild Bug [Pentatomid bug of Family Pentatomidae].

I think i saw these bugs a number of times but do not know the ID. Your post reminds me this bug once again and i tried to search the ID. How about the probability of the following ? –

Yes the bug in my post looks exactly the same as in the 1st link you have provided. I also gather from the links that it is a pest for some plants and useful to some other plants. From the 2nd link it is a Soyabean plant pest. Fortunately I have no Soyabean plants in my garden so need not worry :). Thanks again for the help. I have seen such green bugs in the past but never brown. The green bugs really stink.


Rubiaceae Week: Pentas lanceolata?:
pentas species from dapoli


efloraofindia:”For Id 24082011MR2’’ white flowers Pune:

Kindly identify this plant with the following specifications is it Pentas lanceolata ‘Graffiti White’
Date/Time- July 2011
Location-Place, Altitude, GPS- Pune Maharashtra
Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type- garden
Plant Habit-Tree/ Shrub/ Climber/ Herb- herb
Height/Length- about 1 foot tall
Leaves Type/ Shape/ Size- dark green
Flowers Size/ Colour/ Calyx/ Bracts- white small flowers
Fruits Type/ Shape/ Size Seeds- not seen

I can’t think of any other species than Pentas..

Pentas or Pentas lanceolataor Pentas in white as per another thread

Id of flower ID 03072013SH! : Attachments (1). 2 posts by 2 authors.

Posting flower photo for id. Is it some Ixora variety ?
Location- Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka
Date -18.1.2010

Pentas lanceolata or Pentas ‘Butterfly Deep Rose’ 




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