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Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Pithecoctenium (Greek, monkey's comb; alluding to the spiny fruit). Bignoniaceae. Ornamental vines cultivated for their showy flowers.

Evergreen shrubs climbing by lf.-tendrils: young branches ribbed: lvs. opposite, 3-foliolate or the middle lft. replaced by a filiform 3-parted tendril: fls. in terminal racemes or panicles; calyx campanulate, truncate or with small teeth; corolla campanulate, tubular at the base, curved, leathery, white or yellowish; stamens included; disk large; ovary warty, with many seeds in several rows: caps, broad, densely covered with prickly warts; the persistent septum with enlarged margin.—About 20 species in Cent, and S. Amer. From the allied genera Bignonia and Anemo- paegma it is easily distinguished by the prickly caps, and the ovary with the seeds in several rows. Adapted for cult, in subtropical and tropical countries only. For cult, and prop, see Bignonia. CH

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  • P. buccinatorium, Mairet=Phaedranthus buccinatorius.CH
  • P. cinereum, DC.-Distictis cinerea. CH


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