Although common in India as a garden plant, Kolambi or Golden Trumpet Vine is a native of
The bright yellow flowers of this plant look like
Interestingly, it is quite similar to a pot older people used to spit, which also has the same name.
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Plant Type: Perennial Climber
Botanical name: Allamanda cathartica
Golden Trumpet Vine, Allamanda Flower, Yellow Allamanda, Kolambi (in Malayalam)
Origin: South America
Distribution: Widely distributed in tropical areas
Main uses: Ornamental plant
Golden Trumpet Plant appears to be a shrub. However, it is a climber with delicate stems. It can grow to a height of 2 meters when planted on the ground but can be taller when allowed to climb.
The oblong leaves of Kolambi have a shiny texture. They grow densely on the stem and have very short petioles. Because of its dark green color and thick foliage, the plant always has an evergreen appearance.
The delicate stems are usually green or brown in color. They can climb over adjacent plants. Without pruning, the stems/vines can spread over a meter on the ground. So in gardens, the vines are tied together to keep them erect.
The leaves and stems produce latex when cut, which may be poisonous and can also cause itching or other irritations.
The yellow flowers have 5 petals with pointed tips. It resembles a lotus petal with a wider middle part.
The flowers after a rain…
Allamanda cathartica is now widely grown as a garden plant all over the tropics from the Americas to Asia and Australia. Due to its slightly invasive nature, the plant is considered a weed in some parts. The origin of this climber is believed to be Brazil.
It grows very well in places with well-drained soil and lots of sunlight.