Drymonia coccinea

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  • Photographer: Bob Stewart
  • Grown by: Bob and Dee Stewart

Images copyright by the individual photographers or their institutions.

This species is characterized by yellow flowers and large brightly colored bracts. Together they serve as attraction mechanisms for pollinators. The plant grows as a liana-like vine and can reach lengths in excess of 20 feet even indoors in a greenhouse.

This species is widely distributed in the Amazon rain forest and the Amazon foothills of the Andes; for this reason it is highly variable. You can see some of the variation in the bracts and flowers by clicking the links below:

An inflorescence (group of flowers) with a viscuous slime-like coating on the bracts.

Another flower, similar to the image above.

A flower showing the markings on the face.