Solandra

Solandra maxima is commonly known as “Chalice Vine” due to the particular shape of its flowers. It belongs to the Solanaceae family, which makes it a relative of tomatoes, potatoes, eggplants, and bell peppers. It’s a large climbing vine that takes up a lot of space, with glossy leaves and enormous yellow flowers. It is native to Mexico and Central America, through Colombia and Venezuela. The perfumed flowers can reach 25 cm in diameter and are especially fragrant at night. This particular plant grows in a garden in Santiago Atitlán, in the full sun, slowly but aggresively covering shrubs and small trees.

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Solandra maxima a veces se conoce como “Trompetero Gigante”, debido a la forma de sus flores. Pertenece a la familia Solanaceae, lo cual la hace pariente del tomate, la papa, la berenjena, y el chile. Es una trepadora grande que ocupa bastante espacio, con hojas lustrosas y enormes flores amarillas. Es nativa de México y Centroamérica, hasta Colombia y Venezuela. Las flores perfumadas pueden llegar a medir 25 cm de diámetro y son especialmente olorosas de noche. Esta planta específica crece en un jardín en Santiago Atitlán, en pleno sol, poco a poco cubriendo arbustos y árboles pequeños casi por completo.

Solandra maxima (Sessé & Moc.) P. S. Green. 1967.

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About Challen Willemsen

Passionate about orchids and the Dharma, I'm a lover of this planet wandering through a garden. Intermittently I'm an ecologist, a graphic designer, an editor, a translator, a Spanish teacher, a writer, a gardener, a photographer, and occasionally a poet. Though I studied environmental science focused on ecology, in my heart I'm a botanist. También soy un amante de Guatemala, enamorado de sus bosques y sus epífitas.

One comment

  1. Jim

    “…especialmente olorosas de noche…” ❤

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