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Combretum, the bushwillows or combretums, make up the type genus of the family Combretaceae. The genus comprises about 272 species of trees and shrubs, most of which are native to tropical and southern Africa, about 5 to Madagascar, but there are others that are native to tropical Asia, New Guinea and the Bismarck Archipelago, Australia, and tropical America. Though somewhat reminiscent of willows (Salix) in their habitus, they are not particularly close relatives of these.

Combretum indicum, commonly known as the Chinese honeysuckle or Rangoon creeper, is a flowering vine belonging to the family Combretaceae. It is native to Southeast Asia but is also cultivated in other tropical and subtropical regions for its attractive flowers.

Here are some key features of Combretum indicum:

  1. Appearance: Combretum indicum is a woody vine that can reach a height of up to 8 meters (26 feet). It has long, slender stems that climb or trail along structures or other plants. The leaves are simple, opposite, and lance-shaped, with a glossy green color.

  2. Flowers: One of the most notable features of Combretum indicum is its flowers. The tubular flowers are fragrant and change color as they age. They start as white, then turn pink, and finally mature to deep red. This color progression often results in a mix of different-colored flowers on the same vine, creating an attractive display.

  3. Blooming period: Combretum indicum typically blooms during the summer and continues to produce flowers intermittently throughout the year.

  4. Growing conditions: This vine thrives in warm, tropical climates and prefers full sun exposure. It can tolerate a variety of soil types but prefers well-draining soil. Combretum indicum is relatively drought-tolerant once established but benefits from regular watering during dry periods.

  5. Uses: Combretum indicum is primarily grown as an ornamental plant due to its beautiful flowers and the ability to cover fences, walls, or trellises. It can also be used in landscaping to provide shade or as a ground cover. The flowers are attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds.

While Combretum indicum is generally considered a decorative plant, it's important to note that some parts of the plant, including the berries, can be toxic if ingested. It's always a good idea to research and understand the specific care requirements and any potential risks associated with a plant before cultivating it.


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