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Stigmaphyllon ciliatum - Orchid Vine, Brazilian Golden Vine
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Vine
Family: Malpighiaceae (Malpighias)
Origin: Central America (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloomtime: Summer/Fall
Height: Climbing (Vine)
Width: Spreading
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 30-32 F
Stigmaphyllon ciliatum (Orchid Vine, Brazilian Golden Vine) A quick growing, evergreen vine with interesting foliage and beautiful flowers. The oval leaves have distinct widely spaced long hairs looking like eyelashes (hence the specific epithet 'ciliatum') along the leaf margin and in summer and fall, this vine is covered intermittently with clusters of bright, airy, orchid like yellow flowers. Plant in full sun to part shade and give occasional to regular watering. It is not very frost hardy but has rebounded in our garden after tips have frozen down at around 29 F. This is a delicate and interesting vine for mild climates. This plant is often listed as being from Central America but it grows as far south as Brazil. It was in fact noted by Joseph Banks at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (1768). The genus name comes from the Latin words 'stigma' for the receptive apex of the pistil of a flower and 'phyla', meaning "leaf" for the leaf-like stigma in the genus and the specific epithet is a reference to the hair-like projections along the leaf margins. We also originally received the related Mascagnia macroptera as a species of Stigmophylon, which it certainly resembles and also previously grew Stigmaphyllon littorale. These three plants seem confused in the nursery trade so we have a comparison image showing these three plants together on our Mascagnia and Stigmaphyllon Comparison Page This description is based on research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Stigmaphyllon ciliatum.
 
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