Thursday, April 15, 2010

Mystery climber identified

The mystery climber I mentioned in a previous post continued to remain nameless for a while. This winter it flowered profusely drawing my attention each time I walked in or out of Native Place. I began to visit this climber every afternoon to watch the sun birds drink nectar from its hanging flower bracts. It continued to flower and show off up until the end of March inspiring me to keep the search on for its true name. Recently while browsing I hit pay dirt.

Thunbergia coccinea, Wall. (Hexacentris coccinea, Nees). A very tall climber: st. much branched, 4-angled: lvs. short-petiolate, variously shaped, the lower broadly ovate, with a hastate or cordate angled base, the upper ovate, cordate, all angularly toothed or the upper entire: fls. in terminal or axillary racemes, 1-3 ft. long; bracts large, inflated, as long as the tube; limb scarlet, of 5 reflexed emarginate lobes; throat orange. Autumn and winter. India.
Source: Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Peace Bliss & Happy Landings

Astrid Rao


africanaussie said...

This vine looks very similar to one we know here as the jade vine. On the jade vine the flowers are a lime green - I wonder if they are somehow related?

keewee said...

That sure is a beautiful vine.

nativeplace gardener said...

I have the jade vine too - Strongylodon macrobotrys. Dont think they are related though

PC said...

On my very first visit I found native place to be much beyond my expectations and the mystery climber was majorly responsible. Aptly placed, it offers a warm welcome. Tried to learn more about it but remained clueless. So glad to get all this info. Great work, astrid...... Prefer calling it the mystery climber tho'.