|Saritaea magnifica subsp. var.|
Saritaea magnifica The single species in this genus, which belongs to the trumpet-vine family, native to Colombia and Equador. The stems are almost round in cross-section, and are marked with longitudinal stripes. The 10 cm leaves have 2 leaflets and a further 2 leaflet-like appendages at the base of the leaf stalk, plus a tendril at the tip. The leaves are smooth and leathery. The plant is a very spectacular flowering, evergreen tropical climber. The large heads of showy rosy mauve to purple coloured, bell-shaped flowers 8 cm long with hairy yellow throat, borne at the end of the branches often display all year-round . When in flower it is regarded as one of the outstanding climbers of the world. Their nectar is collected by the male bees of the tropical genus Euglossa, which pollinate the flowers by brushing against the pollen and transferring it. The fruit is a long flattened capsule containing 2-winged seeds.
|Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture|
Bignonia magnifica, Bull. Free-growing and floriferous, needing warm treatment: Lvs. ovate-elliptic, stalked, entire: fls. panicled, large (3½ in. across), ranging from mauve to purple-red the throat primrose, limb wide-spreading. Colombia.—Requires hot sunny position under tropical conditions.
The plants needs a warm-subtropical or tropical climate to be seen at its best, as well as well-drained moisture-retaining soil with lots of humus. Propagate from seed and cuttings.
Pests and diseases
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