This species is native to southern Thailand and northern Maleysia.
It produces very freely small sprays of flowers in groups,each group
being surrounded by four spreading mauve-pink bracts wich are the
showy part of the plant.
It is a most usefull gardenplant and the flowers last wel in water
When possible it can be allowed to grow into a tree and then it
makes a very fine sight when in flower.
It can be pruned to keep it to a brushform but should not be pruned
too frequently as this will prevent flowering.
With this treatment it makes a rather sprawling bush.