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Louvain climber from America?

Posted by dirkdr (My Page) on
Tue, Jul 3, 07 at 14:45

I saw at the Louvain botanical garden a climber growing 30 feet high, that was unknown to the curator and that stood there for more than 40 years. It has opposite more or less ovale leaves and flowers of about 3/4 inch in cross section.
A detail of the flowers you see in the link. Has anyone an idea what species, genus of even family it could be?

Here is a link that might be useful: unknown climber

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RE: Louvain climber from America?

Perhaps one of the milkvines, opposite leaves would be a characteristic that matches. Matelea carolinensis looks similar.

Here is a link that might be useful: Matelea carolinensis

RE: Louvain climber from America?

The tips of the leaves are rounded and the veins of the leaves end tippically parallel with the leaf edges and then there are those specific "filaments?", that I have never seen in other plants. Could all that match to one of the milkvines?

RE: Louvain climber from America?

I really am not familiar with the milkvines. I just thought the flower looked similar based on someone else's post some months ago. Why don't you do some research (just google around) and see what you think? Perhaps even call the curator and suggest it to him/her.

RE: Louvain climber from America?

It could be Perioploca graeca, not an American I am afraid.
Thanks for the ideas anyway.

RE: Louvain climber from America?

No definitely a Matelea species looks more like the M.Flavidula but with different markings. Can you get seeds of this beauty for me by chance?


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