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Rhodochiton atrosanguineus (purple bell vine)

Rhodochiton atrosanguineus is a delicate and beautiful Mexican climber with heart-shaped leaves that coil around any support.
Detail of an illustration of Rhodociton atrosanguineum

Detail of an illustration of Rhodociton atrosanguineum by W. H. Fitch

Species information

Scientific name: 

Rhodochiton atrosanguineum (Zucc.) Rothm.

Common name: 

purple bell vine, rhodochiton, purple bellerine, purple bells, twining rhodochiton

Conservation status: 

Not known to be threatened.

Habitat: 

Margins of temperate rainforest, slopes, road cuttings, clearings in pine-oak cloud forest.

Key Uses: 

Ornamental.

Known hazards: 

None known.

Taxonomy

Subclass: 
Superorder: 
Asteranae
Order: 
Lamiales
Family: 
Plantaginaceae
Genus: Rhodochiton

About this species

Rhodochiton atrosanguineus is a quickly growing climber with heart-shaped leaves and stems that coil around any support. Although perennial in warm climates, in cooler areas it is usually grown as an annual, flowering from late summer until the first hard frost. The flowers hang down on slender stalks with a bell-shaped, rose-pink calyx contrasting with the almost black corolla, which has a long tube and five rounded lobes. The seeds are formed in a whitish, four-lobed capsule hidden inside the persistent calyx.

Synonym: 

Lophospermum atrosanguineum, Rhodochiton volubile

Genus: 
Rhodochiton

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