The Pagoda flower is a tropical garden plant with large, heart shaped evergreen leaves found in the Western Ghats of India. The small, orange-red flowers are funnel shaped with long tubes. It is the main food plant of the Southern Bird Wing– the largest butterfly of Southern India.
The flowers of plants found in the countrysides of Kerala are picked and used to prepare the Athapookalams (circular flower decorations) during the Onam festival. Additionally, it is commonly known as Hanuman Kireedam (Hanuman’s crown) in Kerala because devotees offer this flower every Saturday to the Lord Hanuman in his temple.