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Vallea stipularis (capuli)

Vallea stipularis is a beautiful, evergreen, South American shrub with masses of pinkish-red or crimson, bell-shaped flowers.
Vallea stipularis flowers

Vallea stipularis

Species information

Scientific name: 

Vallea stipularis L.f.

Common name: 

capuli, pera-caspi (Spanish-Quechua name meaning ‘hard pear’)

Conservation status: 

Not known to be threatened.


Forest and scrub, along forest margins, and in páramo (grassland) vegetation above the cloud forest.

Key Uses: 


Known hazards: 

None known.


Genus: Vallea

About this species

For a long time Vallea stipularis was thought to be the only species in the genus Vallea, which is named in honour of the Italian botanist Felice Valle (d. 1747), who wrote an early account of the flora of Corsica. Then, in 1988, a second species was discovered in Ecuador and described as V. ecuadorensis. Vallea stipularis is a shrub or a tree with hairless ovaries and styles, whereas V. ecuadorensis is a climbing shrub or tree with densely velvety ovaries and styles.

Vallea stipularis has been cultivated in Europe since 1928, but is rather frost-tender, so has never become common. It is usually grown against a wall or in a cool, shady greenhouse.


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