Megaskepasma is a monotypic genus of plants containing the single species Megaskepasma erythrochlamys, known by the common name Brazilian red-cloak. Native to Venezuela and Suriname,[1] it is a free branching, upright showy tropical shrub that grows to 3 m high with appressed reddish hairs, stout stems, and broad ovate 12–30 cm long dark green leaves with pink midrib. It is grown as an ornamental shrub in climates from warm temperate to tropical for its inflorescence, large erect heads of conspicuous crimson bracts, and two-lipped white flowers.[dubiousdiscuss] This plant prefers a rich soil and is propagated from seed or cuttings.

Scientific classification Edit this classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Acanthaceae
Subfamily: Acanthoideae
Tribe: Justicieae
Genus: Megaskepasma
Lindau (1897)
M. erythrochlamys
Binomial name
Megaskepasma erythrochlamys
Lindau (1897)
  • Perenideboles Ram.Goyena (1911)
  • Perenideboles ciliatum Ram.Goyena (1911)


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