Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Harlequin Glory-bower - Clerodendrum trichotomum   Thunberg
Members of Lamiaceae:
Only member of Clerodendrum in NC.
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DistributionMostly in the upper Piedmont and Mountains; also Mecklenburg and Orange counties in the Piedmont. First collected in 1931 in Orange County, "grounds back of Caldwell Hall", UNC Chapel Hill. The specimen from Alleghany County was actually collected in adjacent Surry County.

Native of eastern Asia; in N.A. scattered from NY to FL and LA.
HabitatRiver banks, roadsides, campus weed, pasture.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting July-October.
IdentificationHarlequin Glory-bower is a small tree with ovate to broadly ovate leaves on long stalks. The leaves are gradually tapered to a pointed tip. The inflorescence is terminal and from upper axils, open and branched. The flowers have 5 white petals and red sepals. The species is also quite conspicuous in fruit, as the bright red sepals frame a small, rounded, dark fruit in the middle.
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