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Molamola
Christiansted, VI
(Zone 11)

January 10, 2010
12:17 AM

Post #7447037

I posted this photo over in the coleus forum, and now they want it. Name please? Yes, I know it's a tropical weed, but maybe it'll behave as an annual...

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flabotany
Gainesville, FL

January 10, 2010
1:04 AM

Post #7447175

Looks like Thunbergia, T. grandiflora maybe? Is it a vine or shrub?
Dutchlady1
Naples, FL
(Zone 10a)

January 10, 2010
1:08 AM

Post #7447191

I second that. Pretty.
Molamola
Christiansted, VI
(Zone 11)

January 10, 2010
9:54 AM

Post #7448029

It's a small plant, an annual in the States, it would be. The stems are straight and have nodes that easily sprout roots. If it's near something like a bush or chain link fence, it climbs, but has no tendrils. Can stand dry conditions.

I have heard that it's a pest in Hawaii.

But I like having some because the butterflies and bees are on it constantly. I guess it really has a lot of nectar. I put a Desert Rose right in with it, but the bees ignored the DR, boo.

Metrosideros

Metrosideros
Keaau, HI


January 10, 2010
10:29 PM

Post #7449642

The leaves aren't right for Thunbergia grandiflora.

Maybe Thunbergia laurifolia, Laurel Leaved Trumpet Vine.
Molamola
Christiansted, VI
(Zone 11)

January 10, 2010
11:26 PM

Post #7449768

Metro, a weed in Hawaii? not a vine here,,, but a vine has tendrils???

metro, I know you have real name, and I am embaresed... odear...
brical1
Inland S.E QLD
Australia

January 10, 2010
11:32 PM

Post #7449780

Just browsing through and came across your pic Molamola. Heres your plant. http://images.google.com.au/images?hl=en&source=hp&q=asystasia gangetica&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=wi

Metrosideros

Metrosideros
Keaau, HI


January 10, 2010
11:34 PM

Post #7449790

Thunbergia laurifolia is similar to T. grandiflora but the leaves have no teeth.

It is a liana, but has no tendrils. Does your plant climb up over things.

It is a weed in Hawai'i, but not as invasive as T. grandiflora, yet!

Aloha, Dave

Metrosideros

Metrosideros
Keaau, HI


January 10, 2010
11:40 PM

Post #7449817

Can you show more photos of your plant?
Molamola
Christiansted, VI
(Zone 11)

January 10, 2010
11:43 PM

Post #7449822

OK, tomorrow! Big Photo excursion! ...actually, thanks for asking, Dave

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