Cypress Vine
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Cypress Vine
aturalized Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Cypress Vine, Star Glory, Hummingbird Vine • Hindi: कामलता Kamlata • Kannada: ಕಾಮನಬಳ್ಳಿ Kaamana balli, ಕಾಮಲತೆ Kaamalate, ಕಾಸಿರತ್ನ Kaasiratna, ಕೆಂಪುಮೊಲ್ಲೆ Kempu molle • Manipuri: ꯀꯥꯝꯂꯇꯥ Kamlata • Bengali: কুংজ লতা Kunja lota • Marathi: गणेशवेल Ganeshvel • Tamil: Mayilmannikkam, Kembumalligai • Malayalam: ആകാശമുല്ല Akasha-mulla, നാരായനീ പൂവു Narayani poovu, സൂര്യകാന്തീ Suriyakanthi • Telugu: కాశీ రత్నం Kaashi ratnam • Nepali: जयन्ती Jayantee • Mizo: Rimenhawih-i • Urdu: Ishq pechaan عسق پیچاں
Botanical name: Ipomoea quamoclit      Family: Convolvulaceae (morning glory family)

Cypress Vine, with its tiny red flowers and delicate fern-like leaves, is a marvelous thing to have on a fence. Belonging to the same genus as the morning glory, the dainty red flowers bloom in the morning. The leaves are 3-4 in long and feather-like, finely divided pinnately into threadlike segments. The scarlet red (rarely white) flowers are tubular, about 1.5 in long, and flare out at the mouth into a five-pointed star. It is a hummingbird favorite. This annual plant produces hundreds of flowers--and thousands of seeds--usually insuring its presence from year to year. Particularly in warm locations, Cypress Vine can become invasive. However, as an annual it can be controlled if unwanted plants are removed before they set seed.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Delhi

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