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Aeschynanthus radicans Jack.


Aeschynanthus lobbianus

Vernacular Names:

Malaysia: Akar Setebal, Akar Kecubung Air, Akar Rambai Daun, Akar Brenas, Akar Berunus.
English: Lipstick Plant, Lipstick Vine, Lipstick Rasta.

General Information


Aeschynanthus radicans is an ephiphytic evergreen vine of the Gesneriaceae family originating from the Malay Peninsula and Java. It includes slender trailing and arching stems. It has long, tubular flowers with bright red corolla and deep maroon calyx in dense terminal clusters. Its leaves are dark green, elliptical, fleshy and smooth-edged. Fruit grows to 4 cm long. This plant is an attractive flowering vine for use in hanging pots. The common name refers to the appearance of the flower buds that have bright red flowers emerging from a dark tube-like structure.[1][2][3][4] 

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Chemical Constituents

The chemistry of A. radicans and more generally of species of the genus Aeschynanthus has been little studied. The only precise information arises from a chemotaxonomic study on the prevalence of caffeoyl phenylethanoid glycosides in Gesneriaceae. A. radicans was shown to contain four of the above-mentioned derivatives, namely verbascoside 1, 2'-acetylverbascoside 2, isoverbascoside 3, and tubuloside B 4.[5

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  1) Botanical Info


  1. Wikipedia, Aeschynanthus radicans, accessed on 08/11/07 from
  2. Lemke, C., Department of Botany and Microbiology, University of Oklahoma, accessed on 08/11/07 from
  3. Jagel, A., Botanischer Garten, Ruhr-Universit├Ąt Bochum, accessed on 08/11/07 from Foto.html.
  4. Witmore, H.,, accessed on 08/11/07 from PlantsByCat.asp?xml=epiphytes.xml&xsl=search.xsl&Family=Gesneriaceae&Genus=Aeschynanthus.
  5. Jensen, S.R. 1996. Caffeoyl phenylethanoid glycosides in Sanango racemosum and in the Gesneriaceae. Phytochemistry, 43, 777-783.

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