|Hawaiian Sunset Vine 1 (Stictocardia beraviensis), drawing by Sarah "Sallie" Thayer, 2012|
|Hawaiian Sunset Vine 2 (Stictocardia beraviensis), drawing by Sarah "Sallie" Thayer, 2012|
This beautiful flower has suffered with just a bit of an identity crisis. Up to the end of the past century, it was generally known as Ipomoea (worm-like, referring to a coiled flower bud) beraviensis. In 2001, however a decision was made that this plant is incorrectly placed in Ipomoea.
We (the authors of this article) have been studying these plants since shortly after the second author returned from a trip to the island [Madagascar] in 1990. Numerous traits suggest that the species is best placed in Stictocardia and we make that change here along with a synopsis of the other species in that genus. http://www.bgbm.org/willdenowia/w-pdf/w31-1Austin+Eich.pdfSince that time the proper name has been Stictocardia. Often you will see both names listed as these changes seem to slowly be accepted over a long period of time.
The names now used for the Hawaiian Sunset Vine (aka Hawaiian Bell and Braveheart vine) are as follows:
|Hawaiian Sunset Vine|
Photo by Top Tropicals
|There I was, sleeping soundly and dreaming of something quite wonderful...|
|When suddenly I was awakened by my mom ... she was telling me that it was time to get dressed so that she and my dad can take me for a long walk -- Oh, goody, I love those long walks...|
|What my mom failed to mention was that I had to have a bath before getting dressed!!! |
Doesn't she realize that boys don't like to take baths?! But I had to submit and finally
the ordeal was over...
|I was dressed in my best and ready to go. At which point I spoke a word to the troops:|
"Mom and Dad, if we just continue to assume that my way is the best way, then we should be able to save a lot of time and discussion. OK, let's march."
SUKI AND SALLIE
|Is Suki plotting or just getting |
ready to take a nap?