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Scientific Name: Combretum fruticosum
Alternative Names: Orange Flame Vine

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  • Perennial
  • Chameleon vine is a species of bush willow that occurs from Mexico to northern Argentina.
  • It is a small to large climbing shrub that reaches up to 3 m. in height without a support and up to 11 m. with a support.
  • Flowers appear in summer and are yellowish to reddish, small, and grouped in axillar spikes 8 to 16 cm long and followed by reddish brown fruit.
  • The showy flowers are full of nectar and much visited by insects and hummingbirds.
  • Plant in full sun or partial shade – will do well with regular or occasional watering.
  • It is hardy and evergreen to -3°C.
  • Responds well to pruning - you can cut it back and keep it into a medium sized shrub.

Parts Used

  • The branches.

Other Uses

  • The branches are used for weaving coarse baskets.
  • They can also be used as a substitute for rope - for tying firewood and for other temporary uses.
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