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Bignonia
Atenas
Costa Rica

October 28, 2009
2:38 AM

Post #7215547

I am really fun of vines and creepers. The unique problem is that I dont have a lot of space in my garden. I have Pyrostegia venusta, Passiflora vitifolia, Passiflora seemnanii, Petraea volubilis , Quisqualis indica a small plant. Bouganvilleas, Homskioldia sanguinea beautiful plant!, Allamanda, Clitoria and some Araceae that are mostly attractive for their foliage.
I just to have Thunbergia grandiflora (purple and white color), very agressive vine, so I removed from my garden (very sorry).

In my wishing list of vines I would like to get Vigna caracalla, Strongylodon macrobotrys, Mucuna bennetii, Congea tomentosa, Tristellateia australasiae, Bauhinia kackiana it is a vine!! How about you?
westraad
Xai Xai
Mozambique

October 29, 2009
3:31 PM

Post #7220363

Hi Bignonia!
i also like some vines, my favorite being Bougainvillea. i love its beautiful profusion of flowers, and its so easy to grow! i also have a passion fruit vine, morning glory, bleeding heart, and a jasmine.
Isaac
Bignonia
Atenas
Costa Rica

October 29, 2009
10:19 PM

Post #7221531

Isaac, do you use an arbor or a fence? Mine are on a fence and I built a kind of trellis for my Passiflora vitifolia, hummingbirds love it. I have you seen caterpillars on your Passiflora? Color of the flowers of you morning glory?
westraad
Xai Xai
Mozambique

October 31, 2009
6:48 AM

Post #7226452

Hi Bignonia,
we have the top half of our fence is a picket fence, so it works wonderful for my creepers. no i haven't really seen caterpillars on my Passiflora, they usually aren't much of a problem here. what i really do struggle with are aphids on my hibiscuses.
my morning glory is a bright blue, very beautiful. i thought i had a picture, but i just checked and i don't. i can take one if you like.
i know you are studying butterflies, so i thought i'd post this picture. they are quite common here, and i see them in the garden from time to time.
Isaac

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rjuddharrison
Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

October 31, 2009
12:52 PM

Post #7226760

That's a worthy vine list! I have Mucuna bennetii, but I think there is another vine out there that is more full looking. Mine hasn't bloomed yet, but I'm afraid it might look too much like the Erythrinia x bidwilli shrubs bloom.
I've seen those Thungbergia in Costa Rica...and your right, they take over! I too removed mine from the garden...I am devoid of room for vines now there are so many. I use decorative chains to train them into some of the trees.

Wow Issac, ...that butterfly brings back some memories!! I use to catch those all the time in Monrovia! They are territorial butterflies, and all over Africa ...Precis Clelia is the name.

Rj
Bignonia
Atenas
Costa Rica

October 31, 2009
3:59 PM

Post #7227227

Hello,
Thanks for the replies, that butterfly is really beautiful. The host plant is an Acanthaceae= Asystasia sp.
I am sending pictures of a trellises made with fishing line and nylon cord. The picture shows where is going to be the greenhouse for the adult butterflies. I made a trail, covered with plastic to avoid weeds, soon I will add some peebles for decoration. The vine that you can see is a Passiflora vitifolia as well as the one that is growing in the fence on the Hibiscus. It is very prolific. You can see a line of Stachytapherta mutabilis flowers pink color. In the middle of that area a tree of Calliandra surinamensis

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Bignonia
Atenas
Costa Rica

October 31, 2009
4:02 PM

Post #7227233

Here more pics.

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Bignonia
Atenas
Costa Rica

October 31, 2009
4:03 PM

Post #7227235

pics

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Bignonia
Atenas
Costa Rica

October 31, 2009
4:04 PM

Post #7227241

Passiflora on Hibiscus

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Bignonia
Atenas
Costa Rica

October 31, 2009
4:07 PM

Post #7227249

My vine of Sechium edule, there is a "chayote" still hanging from the vine, just guess part of my dinner tonight.

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Bignonia
Atenas
Costa Rica

October 31, 2009
4:09 PM

Post #7227257

Bushes of Stachytarpheta, butterflies loves them.

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Bignonia
Atenas
Costa Rica

October 31, 2009
4:22 PM

Post #7227288

I have to identify this Passiflora

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Bignonia
Atenas
Costa Rica

October 31, 2009
4:24 PM

Post #7227297

Our front fence is all cover by Pyrostegia venusta (flame vine) and P. vitifolia. during dry season the orange flowers of the flame vine cover the whole area.

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Bignonia
Atenas
Costa Rica

October 31, 2009
4:28 PM

Post #7227315

Holmskioldia sanguinea (Cup and Saucer plant) this scandent shrub is one of my favorites!

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Bignonia
Atenas
Costa Rica

October 31, 2009
4:30 PM

Post #7227321

I have to work a lot with this vines. I mean trim them.
extranjera
Mérida, Yucatán
Mexico
(Zone 11)

October 31, 2009
9:54 PM

Post #7228131

Great vines Bignonia. I have Petraea volubilis which is in the ground but behind some large heliconia so it is just beginning to climb the wall for the sun. I also have a Clitoria in a pot for over a year waiting for a spot in the ground. We are about to do a big change in the garden and I don't want to put much in the ground until it is complete because of the construction. My bougainvillea is blooming on the upstairs terrace but they are in pots as well. It's been so hot lately that I've had to water them almost every day. We need some more rain before the dry season starts.

On my wish list as well are Strongylodon macrobotrys and Mucuna bennetii. I have a huge banyan, about 30 meters, growing on the wall behind the empty house that backs onto my wall. I want to send the red and green jade vines up that tree. I haven't found them here though, I'd love to find a source that ships to Mexico.
Bignonia
Atenas
Costa Rica

October 31, 2009
10:57 PM

Post #7228284

I heard that one person near to this town got Strongylodon macrobotrys. This person has a commercial nursery. I hope that very soon they will have some plants for sale we will see!
About Bouganvilleas I have them planted in the ground and some in pots. Those is pots yes definite need some water. This dry season has been longer that the usual. And our wet season supposed to finish at the begining of November. Very weird wet season. This month supposed to be the wettest from the whole year but there were just some important showers.
I cut down Petraea because I made a greenhouse for the host plants for the butterflies, this plant was too big so it was taking too much space. It is a hardy. what I did is when this vine started to grow I installed some large sticks of bamboo near the base of the plant so it was growing around them and this way it behave as a bush. Hope you understand me!
About Clitoria: I have a small plant , it has blue double flowers. It is different of C. ternatea. do you have the same one?
extranjera
Mérida, Yucatán
Mexico
(Zone 11)

November 1, 2009
2:26 AM

Post #7228786

Yes, my Clitoria has the double blue flowers. I saw it at a restaurant and loved it and they gave me a cutting, it's now fairly large but still in the plastic pot I grew it in waiting for a spot by the rock wall.

I understand about the Petraea, it stays on the bamboo sticks so can't take off any higher? I'm hoping it will cover the top of one side of my wall, I love the way it blooms so much it covers the plant. It's called Sandpaper vine in English because of the way the leaves feel like sandpaper.

I keep looking at nurseries here hoping to find one of the jade vines. I think they would grow well here with water in the dry season. I've never seen one anywhere here.
Bignonia
Atenas
Costa Rica

November 1, 2009
2:47 PM

Post #7229846

Yes, you can train the Petraea so it can behave as a bush but you have to trim it regularly,

Here this vine is call "lija" = sandpaper or "raspaguacal"
Bignonia
Atenas
Costa Rica

November 1, 2009
4:00 PM

Post #7230066

Entranjera, you can see the part that was left of the Sandpaper vine. It was like 2,50 meters height

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extranjera
Mérida, Yucatán
Mexico
(Zone 11)

November 1, 2009
8:36 PM

Post #7230884

Wow! I'm so hoping that mine will cover my back wall and give me a wall of flowers. The people behind me don't like any vegetation, I have to watch when they get up and start chopping stuff off the wall because I think they would like to chop my bamboo as well. It's making me laugh to think of the cascade of Lija (we call it that here too) coming down on their side, that will keep them busy.
westraad
Xai Xai
Mozambique

November 4, 2009
5:45 PM

Post #7240950

your creepers are beautiful, bignonia!
Isaac
Bignonia
Atenas
Costa Rica

November 4, 2009
11:09 PM

Post #7241967

Thanks westraad. Tomorrow I am going to the cloud forest. It is a field trip of my class. I am taking a two months course about butterflies. We are learning about biology, natural history of butterflies and the host plants of each one. You can find info about the butterfly greenhouse where I will visit in internet, It is call Selvatura. Also they have a canopy and hanging bridges. So a lot of activities. I will take pictures!! I know that I will see a beatifull bird called Quetzal and the bell bird amongst a large variety of hummingbirds!!
extranjera
Mérida, Yucatán
Mexico
(Zone 11)

November 5, 2009
12:08 AM

Post #7242172

ahhh... Quetzales are incredible birds. We went to the sanctuary in Guatemala, they are the national bird there I believe although there are said to be more of them in Costa Rica than Guatemala anymore.
westraad
Xai Xai
Mozambique

November 5, 2009
5:33 AM

Post #7243245

You MUST take pictures and post some! we would love to see them!
isaac
Bignonia
Atenas
Costa Rica

November 7, 2009
2:32 PM

Post #7250079

My trip to Monteverde Cloud Forest Costa Rica. It was rainy, but dissapointed because not really cloudy.Here some picture mostly all taken from the hanging bridges. I didnt see Quetzals but I saw the willd avocado! This bird feeds mostly of this family of plants (Lauraceae). A lot of palms. bromeliads, orchids, tree ferns, Araceae amongst other.

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Bignonia
Atenas
Costa Rica

November 7, 2009
2:35 PM

Post #7250089

Pics from the canopy

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Bignonia
Atenas
Costa Rica

November 7, 2009
2:38 PM

Post #7250100

Here more pics

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Bignonia
Atenas
Costa Rica

November 7, 2009
2:40 PM

Post #7250102

More pics

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Bignonia
Atenas
Costa Rica

November 7, 2009
2:41 PM

Post #7250109

Tree ferns

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Bignonia
Atenas
Costa Rica

November 7, 2009
2:54 PM

Post #7250140

Rubiaceae Psychotria elata

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Bignonia
Atenas
Costa Rica

November 7, 2009
2:57 PM

Post #7250147

Lush!

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extranjera
Mérida, Yucatán
Mexico
(Zone 11)

November 7, 2009
3:46 PM

Post #7250282

Beautiful!
westraad
Xai Xai
Mozambique

November 17, 2009
6:08 PM

Post #7282995

Gorgeous, thank you for posting them, bignonia! i didn't have a chance until now to look at them.
What is that yellow flower? i have something very similar.
Isaac
Bignonia
Atenas
Costa Rica

November 19, 2009
11:26 PM

Post #7290904

Hi westraad, that plant is a Justicia aurea. It belongs to the Acanthaceae family. It is really a gorgeous plant. Can you send a pic of your plant? Hummingbirds love it,
I am very happy our dry season is beginning. I will continue with the butterfly project. Next monday will finish the Butterfly course. It was very intensive, (form Monday To Friday, from 8:00 to 2:00 p.m) as you know there were some field trips.
Changing the subject, there are a lot of things to be worry, but how do people in your country are preparing for the world soccer champion.
grazio
Ubud, BALI
Indonesia
(Zone 11)

December 6, 2009
3:15 AM

Post #7340328

Can anyone identify this vine? Growing wild on my place in Bali. The Balinese tell me it is edible and medicinal, and I have only a name in bahasa bali for it, not even bahasa indonesia. Perhaps it is quite common somewhere/anywhere else, first time I have seen it in the wild, and never here in cultivation. In terms of the vines in this thread, I love them all, and include the philodendrons in the group as well. Those add so much choice, texture and interest to the "vine" group.

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grazio
Ubud, BALI
Indonesia
(Zone 11)

December 6, 2009
3:28 AM

Post #7340362

Inter-planting...vines with vines, vines with other plants, for the most interesting affects. For example, here we often see the yellow alamanda growing thru the plumeria--a terrific combo of white/with yellow throat plum with the bigger, all yellow alamanda...great combo. Not good, eventually for the plums, but in the right time and place, stunning. I'm growing some of the blue clitoria (we call them bali sweet pea) with only the white variety of the v. small, lacey vine (mmm, lots of common names for this, also canary vine, but I'm blocking on the Latin for the moment...v. small bloom, very finely divided and delicate foliage. Anyway, the affect of the deepest blue and the white is lovely. Interested in thoughts/suggestions for others on choosing good combos for color, leaf shape/interest, with other vines or inter-twined with other plants...thanks.
rjuddharrison
Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

December 6, 2009
4:39 AM

Post #7340533

It looks like a Air Potato
Dioscorea bulbifera http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/32235/
Rj.
I do the "inter-planting with vines too...!
rjuddharrison
Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

December 6, 2009
4:44 AM

Post #7340541

The leaves can grow up to 15 inches across. The vine grows a potato looking, and size type seed falling to the ground and growing new vines. I believe it is originally from Central/South America, and has learned to adapt to non tropical conditions going dormant during the North U.S. winters and growing a new when the temperature warms up. It does not appear here until it becomes hot, and the temperature doesn't fall below 60F.

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Bignonia
Atenas
Costa Rica

December 6, 2009
4:55 PM

Post #7341552

Hello Grazio and rjuddharrison
Yes it is a Dioscorea.
I lived in the Marshall Islands so we went to visit Bali. I visited Ubud (I remeber the hotel Alam Sari) and a Botanical Garden up in the mountains. I got two small books Tropical Flowers of Indonesia and Tropical plants of Indonesia. Talking about vines: Solandra grandiflora (a woody creeper) = Indonesian name: Solandra kuning emas. I don t have it in my garden but definite is a beautiful kind of vine, big flowers tipe of yellow bells. Antigonon leptopus Bunga berteh, called Mexican creeper. You also find there Strongylodon macrobotrys jade vine=Stronglodon. native of the Philippine jungle. Can you imagine this vine in your garden? I know that somebody introduced it to Costa Rica. I am still waiting for some cuttings!!AHHHHHH Mucuna bennetii New Guinea Creeper, Mukuna New Guinea, according to this book "Probably the most showy of all tropical climbers" I am envious!!
How about Quisqualis indica Rangoon creeper=Ceguk, Wudani, Kukalis, Akar Dani.
Petrea volubilis Sandpaper= Petrea mera. Bouganvilleas, Clitoria, Ipomoeas, Allamanda, ...


Bignonia
Atenas
Costa Rica

December 6, 2009
5:05 PM

Post #7341585

I am sending a picture of another kind of vine that my husband found on a tree!!

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Bignonia
Atenas
Costa Rica

December 6, 2009
5:21 PM

Post #7341643

Oxybelis fulgidus (green vine snake). Not poisonous!!

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rjuddharrison
Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

December 6, 2009
6:21 PM

Post #7341788

That's cool!
tropicbreeze
noonamah
Australia

December 7, 2009
2:02 PM

Post #7344315

Grazio, your plant is Dioscorea bulbifera, and it's native to South East Asia, Northern Australia and some of the Pacific Islands. Plants from different places vary a bit. Ours only have small bulblets in the leaf axils and are never eaten. Only the underground tubers were eaten but only after extensive preparation (a bit like taros and other plants). I don't know where the "Aerial potatoes" come from but they have much larger bulblets in the leaf axils which are the part eaten. I've got some of those on my place, planted by the previous owner. But I've also got the native ones. They're the most beautiful plant with the most beautiful leaves. So I'm glad they're native here and not considered a weed.
grazio
Ubud, BALI
Indonesia
(Zone 11)

December 8, 2009
5:21 AM

Post #7347637

wow, thanks so much for the additional info re the D. bulbifera. I am relieved it is native to this area. After looking thru all the field books it seems v. little is indeed indigenous here in Bali (well, the showy, cultivated plants). For friend Atenas, so you know what kinds of vines we do have here...everything tropical, basically (now that I know you visited here and lived in the Marshalls; before, I didn't want to disillusion you, lol...). The Strongolydon, that color, is the most wonderful I have seen on any plant. For those of you who have seen it, it is hard to describe, so find a photo, lots on here. There is, on this turquoise blue, a purple irridescence (well, at least in bali). And the mucunas, that red on the benneti. I could go on about so many of them, but right now, as mentioned before, building a new house here (eventually) on 4100 sq meters of land, I am thinking of all the vine color combos. Plus grading in different shades of the bouganvilleas on two levels...so they don't clash but blend in a moving chain of color...thanks all...

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tropicbreeze
noonamah
Australia

December 9, 2009
12:17 PM

Post #7351299

Bignonia, we have a Green Tree Snake here, Dendrelaphis punctulata, which is also quite a beautiful snake. Real vivid green with yellow belly. They get to 2 metres long but mostly the ones I see are 1 metre up to 1.5 metres.

Had a great experience with one where I was living in Arnhem Land. The snake had taken to hunting around the place I lived in and was quite used to me being around. One day I was sitting in the shade and the snake came up between my legs. Raised its head up to the height of my knees looking me straight in the eyes. It flickered tongue (no doubt checking my scent) and with its head perfectly still waved its neck from side to side. Looked quite incredible. Then it went back down onto the ground looking for frogs again.
Bignonia
Atenas
Costa Rica

December 9, 2009
4:57 PM

Post #7352092

I already checked in internet about Dendrelaphis, I feel a relief that it is not a poisonous snake. Maybe this snake approached you to see if it can eat you!! It found out that was a impossible task so just left you behind LOL!!! On the other hand I can see two different species getting along and respecting each other!!
There are approx. 133 species of snakes here in this tiny country.
westraad
Xai Xai
Mozambique

December 10, 2009
12:25 PM

Post #7354716

Creepy, i am not very fond of snakes!!
sorry i didn't post that picture yet you asked for. I haven't been on this thread for quite a while.
About the 2010 Fifa world cup, well, it certainly is going to be a big event! i just spent a week in South Africa, and all the businesses are getting ready for it. Huge stadiums are being built in several cities, and new roads are being made. a lot of construction everywhere. Here in Mozambique, a huge stadium is being built in Maputo, some of the pre-games will be held there. economically its going to be a huge boost, but a lot of people are saying that the economy of especially South africa will take a dive afterwards. i guess we will see. i don't think Fifa was very smart in choosing South Africa, it has the highest crime rate in the world. i was so nervous the whole time i was there, and you are never completely safe.
Isaac

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