Aeschynanthus is a genus of evergreen subtropical and tropical plants in the Gesneriaceae family. There are more than 150 known species.
Aeschynanthus is an epiphyte. An epiphyte is a plant that grows on the surface of the other plant - a phorophyte. At the same time, it does not receive any nutrition from its phorophyte itself, so it is not a "parasite".
Aeschynanthus is primarily found in Asia, with Malaysia and adjacent islands being particularly abundant. Even in the middle of a forest, they seek out the brightest spots, favoring rocks, altitudes, waterfalls, and river banks.
The plant's branches are always green. Their size ranges from 12-36 in (30-90 cm). Semi-shrubs and hanging climbing branches can be found among the members of this genus. In their natural habitat, these plants are pollinated by nectary birds, which have very thin and long beaks. The leaves have a short petiole and are arranged on the branches. The leaves are big and fleshy.