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Glory lily (Gloriosa superba)

Glory lily (Gloriosa superba) A climbing/scrambling tuberous perennial cultivated as an ornamental, but now found mostly in disturbed areas in sandy coastal regions. The showy flowers are bright red, orange or yellow, with the petals deflexed backwards and six prominent spreading stamens. The singly borne flowers usually point downwards with [...]

Wild passionfruit (Passiflora)

Wild passionfruit (Passiflora) A group of climbing plants with tendrils often found growing in neglected or weedy areas. The flowers can range in colour from white to pale purple, to greenish yellow, and sometimes red. Flower size can range from 6mm in diameter (for Passiflora suberosa) to 10cm (for Passiflora caerulea). The [...]

Wisteria (Wisteria floribunda)

Wisteria (Wisteria floribunda) A deciduous woody climbing vine popular as a garden ornamental. The flowers are pea-like and hang in long pendulous clusters, are commonly purple but can also be white or pink in colour. The leaves are alternate on the stem with either 7-13 (W. sinensis) or 15-19 (W. [...]

Japanese honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica)

Japanese honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica) An evergreen woody climber or trailing shrub with fragrant flowers cultivated as a garden ornamental growing up to 10m, young growth softly hairy with flaky bark on older stems. Highly fragrant white flowers to 4cm long turning yellowish with age are tubular and two-lipped with the upper [...]


Rhaphidophora Evergreen climbers cultivated for their lush foliage as an indoors or garden specimen, often rooting along the stem. Flowers are crowded onto a central spike surrounded by a cream to green coloured spathe which gradually falls off after opening to leave a large scar at the base of the spike. [...]

Pothos (Epipremnum)

Pothos (Epipremnum) Evergreen climbing plants cultivated as both indoor and outdoor specimens. The flowers consist of a spathe or sheath around a central spike that is densely packed with very small florets. Flowers are not often seen in cultivation. The heart shaped leaves can be green or variegated with white or [...]

Chalice vine (Solandra maxima)

Chalice vine (Solandra maxima) A large woody vine cultivated as an ornamental. The flowers, which open mostly at night, are large, cup-shaped, white to yellow in colour, sometimes with purple veins, and measure up to 25cm in length. The flowers are strongly perfumed at night. The leaves are up to [...]

Fruit salad plant (Monstera deliciosa)

Fruit salad plant (Monstera deliciosa) An ornamental climber, grown either as a garden plant or a pot plant. This straggling climber will often have roots hanging down from the stems. The flowers are very small and crowded onto a spike or spadix measuring 20 to 25cm in length, which is surrounded [...]

Brazilian nightshade (Solanum seaforthianum)

Brazilian nightshade (Solanum seaforthianum) A perennial vine cultivated as an ornamental and often found growing in moist gullies and clearings near residential areas. The flowers occur in pendant clusters. Flowers are star-shaped, 2–3cm in diameter, blue to purple, with a tuft of yellow stamens in the centre. The leaves are alternating [...]

Asparagus fern

Asparagus fern A perennial vine or herb arising from a rhizome or tuber and grown as an indoor or outdoor ornamental plant. The vine form is often used for cut foliage. Some species are environmental weeds. Flowers are pinkish-white to white, range in length from 2.5mm to 4mm, can be solitary [...]

Last updated: 19 July 2017
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