Friday, April 12, 2013

Petraeovitex wolfei - Nong Nooch Vine

This vine is easy to grow and propagate. The vines are fine, but has robust growth.  Its growth habit is similar to that of Clerodendrum thomsonae (Bleeding Heart vine). The leaves are tri-foliate, light green in colour and darken over time.


This amazing vine is a stunner when in bloom.


I brought it back home from the nursery as a one-foot high rooted cutting. It grew fast and after several months, it reached my first floor balcony and sprouted these pendulous strings of golden blooms.



It is fighting with Quisqualis indica (Rangoon creeper) for balcony space.

 

A solitary golden strand hangs down between the finger-like foliage of the Norfolk Island Pine.


This Zebra Dove (Geopelia striata) fledging flew against my glass door and dropped down semi-conscious. I placed it  in a cardboard box with bird seeds and water. The next day, I set it out on the top tier of a contianer-planted Norfolk Island Pine to dry as it had spilled water over itself.





It basked in the warmth of the morning sun and allow me to photograph it from all angles.



It finally took off leaving three feathers behind as a momento of its brief stint of domesticity with us.



Some strands dipped into the thick clump of Alpinia purpurata (Red ginger torch)

The real flowers are the white ones but they do not last long. The golden bracts are the ones which last and give it the character that draws much admiration.


A calyx landed on the lawn.

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