Bomarea caldasii

  • Hunterville. Apr 2007.
  • Hunterville. Apr 2007.
  • Hunterville. Apr 2007.
  • Hunterville. Apr 2007.
  • Stokes Valley. Aug 2006.
  • Stokes Valley. Aug 2006.
  • Stewart Island.
  • Karori, Wellington.
  • Karori, Wellington.
  • Stokes Valley. Aug 2006.
  • Stokes Valley. Aug 2006.
  • Stokes Valley. Aug 2006.
  • Stokes Valley. Aug 2006.
  • Stokes Valley. Aug 2006.
  • Stokes Valley. Aug 2006.
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Species

Bomarea caldasii

Etymology

Bomarea: Named after a French botanist

Common Name(s)

bomarea

Authority

Bomarea caldasii (Kunth) Asch. et Gräbn.

Family

Alstroemeriaceae

Flora Category

Vascular - Exotic

Habitat

Scrambling vine that appears to be shade tolerant but does best in full sun.

Features

A multi-stemmed vine in the lily family that twines around any available support. The stems arise from short underground rhizomes which bear numerous tubers. Flowers are clumped in a dense pendulous bunch of 15-20 together. Reddish on the outside and usually yellow with dark spots on the inside, the flowers develop into capsules about 2 cm in diameter. When ripe, these open to reveal bright orange seeds that are fleshy.

Flowering

March, April, May, June, July

Main Flower Colour

Red / Pink

Other Flower Colour

Yellow

Fruiting

May to August.

Year Naturalised

1964

Origin

S. America

Reason For Introduction
Ornamental

Life Cycle Comments
Perennial vine that may die back over winter when exposed to severe frost.

Reproduction
Can reproduce by suckering from roots or by seed.

Seed
Fleshy bright orange seeds are produced in capsules

Dispersal
Probably birds.

This page last updated on 26 Mar 2010

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