Bignonia magnifica

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

  • Botanical Name : Bignonia magnifica W.Bull
  • Synonyms : Saritaea magnifica (W.Bull) Dugand
  • Common Name : Glow Vine, Purple Funnel Vine, Lasan Vel
  • Plant Family : Bignoniaceae
  • Plant Form : Climbers
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Indroda Park, Ayurvedic Udyan

About Bignonia magnifica Plant :

  • Habit : A tendril climber.
  • Leaves : Compound, opposite, with 2 leaflets and usually a tendril, leaflets obovate, rounded at the apex, tapering at base, dull, tendrils 6 inches long, hooked.
  • Inflorescence: Axillary or terminal cymes.
  • Flowers :
    • 4-flowered axillary or terminal cymes, large, showy, purplish-violet, mauve or light purple in colour.
    • Calyx cup-like, Corolla tubular with 5 spreading lobes, whitish at the throat, with longitudinal purple veins.
    • Stamens 4, didynamous staminode present, anthers divergent, filaments swollen at base.
    • Ovary superior, style long, stigma bilobed.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : December-February
  • Significance : Cultivated in the gardens for its beautiful large flowers of delicate mauve changing to rich crimson colour.