Antigonon leptopus Hook. & Arn.

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Antigonon leptopus

Photo: Bart Wursten

Antigonon leptopus

Photo: James Varden
Victoria Falls railway station and along the railway line

Antigonon leptopus

Photo: James Varden
Victoria Falls railway station and along the railway line

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Common names: Coral creeper (English) Coral-vine (English) Pink-vine (English)
Status: Cultivated and rarely naturalised
Robust climber. Leaves ovate or triangular with hastate or cordate base. Inflorescence of slender axillary racemes, paniculate and terminal above; racemes usually ending in branched tendrils. Perianth segments bright pink or white, accrescent. Stamens 7-8 united below into a tube. Achene c. 1 cm long, brown, shiny, 3-angled above, enclosed in the persistent perianth and staminal tube.
Notes: Commonly cultivated but rarely and only weakly naturalised
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Worldwide distribution: Native to Mexico and Central America
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C
Growth form(s): Climber, liane.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Scopula minorata (Larval foodplant)
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Images last updated: Saturday 10 July 2010

Biegel, H.M. (1977). Check-list of ornamental plants used in Rhodesian parks and gardens. Rhodesia Agricultural Journal. Research Report No. 3. Page 23.

Nogueira, I., Ortiz, S. & Paiva, J.A.R. (2006). Polygonaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(3) Pages 47 - 49. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Antigonon leptopus
Flora of Malawi: Antigonon leptopus
Flora of Mozambique: Antigonon leptopus
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Antigonon leptopus
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Antigonon leptopus

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Antigonon leptopus
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Antigonon leptopus
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Wikipedia: Antigonon leptopus

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Antigonon leptopus., retrieved 28 May 2024

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