Purple Allamanda
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Purple Allamanda
ntroduced Vine elliptic Photo: Tabish
Common name: Purple Allamanda
Botanical name: Allamanda blanchetii      Family: Apocynaceae (oleander family)
Synonyms: Allamanda violacea

This shrubby climber bears showy rose-purple trumpet flowers 7-10 cm across, over a long season. Flowers have 5 partially overlapping, rounded petals, of pink to reddish purple color, more intense in the throat. Opening from burgundy-brown buds, they stand out against the glossy, bright green leaves, 7-12 cm long, held in whorls of four. Grown as a vine or pruned into a bushy shrub, Purple Allamanda blooms on new growth. Purple Allamanda is native to Brazil, and a popular garden plant in India.

Identification credit: R.K. Nimai Singh Photographed in Delhi

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