... Ten to be exact! Take your pick - a bird, a dragon, a monkey or a rabbit ....
I received this plant as a tiny cutting a few years ago, its name is Ruttya fruticosa (the correct name ;-)). I love this name, it rolls off the tongue so deliciously
But this plant has way too many common names:
In Africa it is called Jembekkie and it is also known as African Azalea
My favorite common name for Ruttya fruticosa is Hummingbird Plant - looking at the flower from a certain angle makes it look like a hummingbird ... and, as a big plus, the flowers attract Hummingbirds.
a closer picture, see the tail at the left end, the dark chest and the long beak at the right
I can see why some call it:
Jammy Mouth - since it looks like Blackberry jam at the mouth of the flower
and Lava Flower - the flowers look like molten lava
and not that this name would be my first choice but I can see the ears:
Rabbit's Ears - the upper petals look like rabbit's ears
But I cannot see a Monkey Face, Gummy Mouth nor an Orange Dragon. All common names for Ruttya fruticosa.
So, name it whatever your imagination shows you in those unusual flowers, but don't forget its real name - Ruttya fruticosa ;-)
Some information for Ruttya fruticosa:
This plant is an African native, likes sun to part shade is cold hardy to just below freezing. I keep mine potted to be able to bring it in to the garage, I don't want to lose it at our occasional freezes in winter.
It is a vining shrub growing loose long branches, but it does not mind being pruned into a more compact shape. Flowers appear throughout the year attracting Hummingbirds with their nectar.