Monday, April 23, 2007
The alamanda plant (Alamanda cathartica) produces some of the most beautiful flowers around. They are the large yellow trumpet-shaped flowers coming off vines, which can climb up to the heavens, if you give them the chance. At the Bosque I keep my one and only alamanda plant secured to a ipe fence-post and I prune it quite often. Here in the city, I remember seeing one vine that climbed up into a relatively high jambeiro tree (Eugenia malaccensis). The combination of the yellow flowers from the alamanda vine and the bright purple colors of the jambeiro made for quite a beautiful marriage. Alamanda is native to the state of Espirito Santo, here in Brazil. As a bit of self-induced security, it is poisonous.