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We were intrigued by this clerodendrum in the Botanic Gardens, with its bright red flowers and blue berries.

It’s native to West Africa, sometimes known as harlequin or bagflower, and is a favourite food for some butterflies.  Apparently the leaves smell like peanut butter when crushed.  Of course we wouldn’t dream of crushing leaves in the Botanic Garden, but if we’d known we might have been tempted.

“It would be hard to hurry past
this tree with great red/blue contrast.”


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