I have had my Lipstick plant (Aeschynanthus longicaulis) for at least a year and a half now. Over the long holiday weekend I was picking out some of the dead leaves that had collected in the dense stems arching out of its hanging basket when I noticed a couple of small buds.
|New buds on Aeschynanthus longicaulis (lipstick plant) 'Black Pagoda'. Also, notice the foliage on top and bottom of leaves.|
I searched the plant for more of the inconspicuous buds and found that the plant is covered in them. Looking around on the Dave's Garden website, I discovered a variety of lipstick plant that looks much like mine with a nice orange inflorescence. You can see it here. There are over 185 species of Aeschynanthus in the wild. I read a comment by someone else saying that their 'Black Pagoda' has green blooms.
|Large buds on Aeschynanthus longicaulis (lipstick plant) 'Black Pagoda'.|
|Open inflorescence on Aeschynanthus longicaulis (lipstick plant) 'Black Pagoda'. Notice the stamens extruding from the tubular calyx on the lower bloom.|
|Aeschynanthus longicaulis 'Black Pagoda' (lipstick plant)|
My plant has sent out a runner from one of the drainage holes on the bottom of the hanging pot. I hope that I will be able to repot this plant in the spring and pull the runner back through the hole and pot it separately. I might just have to do the repotting soon though, to avoid damaging the plant or having to cut into the pot.
|Aeschynanthus longicaulis runner from pot drainage hole|
The Aeschynanthus genus contains about 150 species, most of which are considered epiphytes. Some are actually considered lithophytic, though. There is more information and some good pictures of the Aeschynanthus genus here and here.