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Monkey's brush, Combretum rotundifolium

Monkey's brush ( Combretum rotundifolium , family: Combretaceae) is a large extensive woody ornamental climber. Among the gardeners of the tropical world the it is very popular for its brilliant orange-red flowers. The bushy climber is native to Madagascar. However, it is found throughout Asia & Africa.  During blooming it seems as if someone has set on fire on the climber. The leafy climber itself a beautiful one.  Leaves are simple, opposite, oblong-lanceolate, 10-15 cm long. Flowers are small, orange-red, scentless, arranged on large compact terminal spike, spreading a lot of golden stamen. It blooms in the summer to autumn.  Propagation is caused by cuttings or air layering. The tolerant vine is grown on wall, arch and pergola in Bangladesh. If you want to keep it small trimmed once a year.