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Synonym: Freycinetia multiflora
Range: SE Asia
Collection: San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers
Freycinetia cumingiana is an evergreen climber that feature stems that can grow up to 2 m long. Slender roots grow along the stem which help the plant to attach to a tree, shrub or rock on which it is growing. The slender leaves of Freycinetia cumingiana are dark green and leathery and can grow up to 25 cm long.
Besides its interesting growth habit, plant collectors grow this plant also for its ornamental bright red-orange floral bracts. (Bracts are modified leaves that on this plant resemble flower petals)
Ecology: Birds, bats, and climbing small mammals may act as pollinators, transferring the pollen from the staminate (male) flowers to the pistillate (female) flowers, and fruit dispersers of Freycinetia.
Freycinetia was named for Admiral Louis de Freycinet (1779-1842), the 19th century French navigator and explorer, who was the commander of the circumglobal expedition on which Charles Gaudichaud-Beaupré (1789-1854) was the botanist.