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Sunday, August 15, 2010

MACRO MONDAY - DUTCHMAN'S-PIPE...


    OR IS IT SIMPLY THE TRUMPET-FLOWER?




I always thought of this flamboyant vine as Dutchman's-pipe, the curved shape of leaf and flower form resembling a tobacco plant, also called an Aristolochia Sypho vine.  
Since showing this climber in my header, commenters have referred to it as the Trumpet-flower - apparently of  the genus Campsis, especially found in  southern U.S., described as having a large, red, Trumpet-flower, the shape of a trumpet.
The Emilycompost site shows a stage of growth of the Calico variety that does look like a pipe:




Does anyone know anything more about this wonderful summer vine?




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13 comments:

  1. They have such a bold color. Beautiful!

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  2. Never heard the Dutchman's pipe name Margaret. We have a big one in our yard. My wife planted it to attract hummingbirds. Same colors as your photo.

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  3. I've heard these called trumpet flowers or trumpet vine flowers, though it's been years since I've been on Long Island.

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  4. I wonder whether the yellow and orange shades are actually from the flower or whether it's a case of being in the light or the shade? Whatever it is, the colours ar beautiful.

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  5. I don't know anything about them other than they're growing on the fence of the yard behind us and they call them trumpet flowers.

    Beautiful shot though....love depth!!

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  6. Around here, in my household at least, we too call it Trumpet Vine. It grows like crazy...can be invasive if not trained....but ever so beautiful. And the hummingbirds LOVE 'em.

    My Monday Marigold

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  7. Whatever its name, it is lovely and if it attracts wildlife, that's a bonus.

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  8. I've always thought of them as trumpet vines, but I don't really know. :) I do know hummingbirds love them!

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  9. lovely flower - and sorry to miss you in Ny too - had a great week - DIA Beacon, Fela, Lincoln concert, harlem soul food and Lenox Lounge, Warhol in Brooklyn, Met, Cloisters plus Governors Island and Fire Island - phew what a week!!

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