This plant is a tropical shrub and can grow 5 to 6m in height. The branches droop.
The raceme forms at the tip of most branches and bright yellow flowers bloom sequentially from green or reddish brown bracts.
The flower is tubular, can be 5 to 6cm in length and faces downwards. The corolla splits into 4 at its end.
The drooping florescence is compared with the yoraku hence the Japanese name, Kibana-yoraku.
Yoraku is an accessory for a man or woman in high society in India and is a string of pearls or precious metals.
It also refers to the ornaments or the canopy for Buddhist statues.
Yoraku is a translation of the Sanskrit, mukta-ha-ra (meaning pearl necklace) and keyu-ra (meaning bracelet).
| Classification ||Verbenaceae Gmelina|
| Scientific name ||Gmelina philippensis Cham. (syn. Gmelina hystrix)|
| Japanese name ||Kibana-yoraku|
| English name ||Snapdragon tree|
| Native locality ||Philippine|
Ecological description ||Evergreen climbing shrub|
| RDB ||---|
| Planting place ||Sun Gallery|