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Cypress Vine   
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Cypress Vine
aturalized Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Cypress Vine, Star Glory, Hummingbird Vine • Hindi: कामलता Kamlata • Manipuri: কামলতা Kamlata • Bengali: কুংজ লতা Kunja lota • Marathi: विश्णु क्रान्ती Vishnukranti • Tamil: Mayilmannikkam, Kembumalligai • Malayalam: Suriyakanthi
Botanical name: Ipomoea quamoclit      Family: Convolvulaceae (morning glory family)

Cypress Vine, with its tiny red flowers and delicate fern-like leaves, is a marvelous thing to have on a fence. Belonging to the same genus as the morning glory, the dainty red flowers bloom in the morning. The leaves are 3-4 in long and feather-like, finely divided pinnately into threadlike segments. The scarlet red (rarely white) flowers are tubular, about 1.5 in long, and flare out at the mouth into a five-pointed star. It is a hummingbird favorite. This annual plant produces hundreds of flowers--and thousands of seeds--usually insuring its presence from year to year. Particularly in warm locations, Cypress Vine can become invasive. However, as an annual it can be controlled if unwanted plants are removed before they set seed.
Photographed in Delhi
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