Tuesday, 13 December 2011

In the Garden........

Pyrostegia venusta

Flowering now.....
                   ....... is a liana (a vigorous, woody climber) that makes a beautiful ornamental plant with cascades of bright orange tubular flowers. It is commonly grown in tropical and subtropical areas, as well as in mild Mediterranean climates. The plants form dense masses, growing up trees, on walls or over rocks, and are covered with flowers in the cool, dry season.


 Flame vine          
            .....or flame flower, golden shower, orange creeper, orange trumpet creeper, orange trumpet vine......  climbs up to 6 m or more. The leaves have paired leaflets (5.0–7.5 cm), and a long, central 3-branched, twisting tendril. The crowded clusters of flowers are formed in the leaf axils on the tips of shoots. 
The capsule is narrowly cylindrical and filled with winged seeds. After the petals fall off, they hang for a day or so by the style before dropping. In the wild, P. venusta is pollinated by hummingbirds.


Although a dazzling spectacle when in full flower, in some parts of the world it has become naturalised and a weed.