Solandra maxima

COMMON NAME

Cup of Gold vine or golden chalice vine

TYPE

Vine

FAMILY

Solanaceae

NOTES

A heavy, thick-stemmed liana with large shiny leaves and large bell-shaped golden yellow flowers.  The evergreen leaves are leathery, about 6 inches long, and elliptic, with prominent lighter colored midribs and lateral veins. The flowers are spectacular, looking like large cups of gold, 6-10 inches long, flaring open to 4-7 in across. The five petals of the flowers are reflexed, and each lobe is marked with a narrow purplish-brown ridge on the inside. The flowers start out yellow and turn deeper golden as they age. They are fragrant, especially at night, with a scent reminiscent of coconut.

GEOGRAPHIC REGION

Mexico and Central America

NATIVE HABITAT

Dry to moist forests and open areas

WEB SOURCES

wikipedia.org

flowersofindia.net



Solandra maxima