Common name: Scarlet Clock Vine, Chonga lota (Assamese)
Botanical name: Thunbergia coccinea Family: Acanthaceae (ruellia family)
This is gorgeous tropical climbing vine, which is extremely rare in
cultivation. The bright red flowers of unusual shape are hanging from the
vine in clusters, and look stunning.
The intensity of the color seems to depend upon the temperature
in which it is blooming. It appears that the orange coloring is more likely in
warmer temperatures, and some fading from full sun, while
the more intense redish coloring when blooming in cooler conditions.
Thunbergia coccinea is best displayed on structures where the racemes can hang
down. They begin to bloom in Late Fall, and continue to Spring. The blooms
cease with increased hot temperatures of summer. Thunbergia coccinea does not
seem to be fussy with soil requirements, and seems happy in average soil.
Propagation is most predictable with stiff green cuttings, on stems with
active growth, while seed is more difficult.
Origin: India, Burma, Malaya
Identification credit: Navendu Pagé
|Photographed in Imphal, Manipur.|