Nong Noch Vine
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Nong Noch Vine
P Introduced Photo: Preetha P.S.
Common name: Nong Noch Vine
Botanical name: Petraeovitex bambusetorum    Family: Lamiaceae (Mint family)
Synonyms: Petraeovitex bambusetorum f. simplicifolia

Nong Noch Vine is a unusual climber that sports elliptic-ovate simple or trifoliate leaves. The blooms form on the tips of its vining stems and hang down 5 cm or more in length from spring to fall. A drooping inflorescence of soft yellow bracts and creamy white flowers opens over several weeks. The blooming cycle can last for months, often well into winter. It is a wonderful vine to train on a stake or trellis, or to let climb a support in a conservatory or sunroom. Nong Noch Vine is native to Peninsula Malaysia, Borneo, but now introduced into cultivation.

Identification credit: Preetha P.S. Photographed in cultivation in Kollam, Kerala.

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