Distictis Mart. ex Meissn.

Greek di — twice, stiktos — spotted, referring to the flat seeds looking like 2 rows of spots in the pods.

Woody vine. Leaves of 3 leaflets or 2 leaflets and a tendril. Leaflets entire. Flower clusters terminal. Flowers generally blood red, but may also be purple or white. Corolla tube-shaped and slightly 2-lipped. Stamens 4. Fruit capsule with thin, winged seeds.

Climbers grown for the large blood-red (rarely mauve) trumpet flowers.

Seed, softwood and semi-hardwood cuttings and layers.

Plant with 3-branched tendrils; corolla lobes short; anthers not protruding.

9 species from Mexico, tropical America and the W Indies.

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Bignoniaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

Hybrid cultivar

Distictis 'Rivers'

A hybrid, D. buccinatoria × D. laxiflora, with purplish flowers to about 12 cm long. [D. ×riversii hort.]

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Lamiales
family       Bignoniaceae