Allamanda cathartica (golden trumpet vine)
Detail of an illustration of Allamanda cathartica
Allamanda cathartica L.
golden trumpet vine
Not evaluated according to IUCN Red List criteria.
Near coasts, climbing through trees or shrubs in mangrove swamps and along lowland streams.
All parts are poisonous if eaten; its sap causes skin and eye irritation.
About this species
There are 15 species of Allamanda from South and Central America, named by Linnaeus in honour of the Swiss doctor and botanist, Dr Frédéric-Louis Allamand, who visited Guyana in the early 18th century. Allamandas have become popular in gardens throughout the tropics, where some species have become naturalised and even invasive. In temperate countries they are grown as greenhouse plants for their freely produced, brightly coloured flowers.
There are a number of synonyms for this species. View the World Checklist for details.