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Podranea ricasoliana

Pink trumpet vine

About the plant

In South Africa, Podranea ricasoliana is assessed as Vulnerable, its habitat is at risk from farming, wood harvesting, invasive alien plants and fires. But in parts of Australia and New Zealand it is threatening to become an invasive plant.

  • Not yet evaluated

    The International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species uses a set of criteria to evaluate the extinction risk of the world’s species. The ongoing mission is to evaluate every plant species in the world.

    IUCN Red List Status:

    Not yet evaluated
    Data deficient
    Least concern
    Near threatened
    Vulnerable
    Endangered
    Critically endangered
    Extinct in the wild
    Extinct
  • House plant
    Plant makes a good indoor plant in the UK
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Facts

  • Vigorous woody climber
  • Evergreen, glossy foliage
  • Bright pink flowers
  • Often visited by carpenter bees
  • Grown as a garden plant in warmer parts of the world
  • A popular container plant in Europe

Botanical mystery

Though P. ricasoliana is generally thought to be from Africa, some botanists speculate that the plant was introduced to southern Africa by slave traders.

The type specimen in Kew’s Herbarium was grown from seed collected in South America, from where the plant may have first spread. P. ricasoliana is now such a widely grown garden plant, it may prove difficult to unravel its real origin.

Coloured lines and tiny hairs guide insect pollinators to the pollen
  • Not yet evaluated

    The International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species uses a set of criteria to evaluate the extinction risk of the world’s species. The ongoing mission is to evaluate every plant species in the world.

    IUCN Red List Status:

    Not yet evaluated
    Data deficient
    Least concern
    Near threatened
    Vulnerable
    Endangered
    Critically endangered
    Extinct in the wild
    Extinct
  • House plant
    Plant makes a good indoor plant in the UK
  • Click on icon to reveal more