Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Merremia tuberosa

Woodrose Vine (Pilikai) is a tropical native with tuberous roots. The wood-textured flowering vine with soft woolly leaves is so named for its light brown fruiting capsules which resembles a wooden rose. The dried woody pod is popular in floral arrangements and will last for years. Vines can reach 10' or more in one season. This very aggressive vine is climbing all over the place here on top of the Ylang-Ylang (Cananga odorata) tree.

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