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Pandorea jasminoides, the bower of beauty, bower vine or bower plant, is a species of woody climbing vine in the family Bignoniaceae native to the forests of eastern Australia that is grown as an ornamental plant.
Growing to 8 m (26 ft), it is a climbing plant that has compound, evergreen leaves. The mainly opposite, sometimes three-part whorled leaves are unpaired pinnate and about 12 to 17 cm long with a 2 to 4 cm long petiole. They consist of four to seven leaflets that are 4.5 to 6 inches long and 1.5 to 3 inches wide. The leaflets have a smooth edge and sit on a 2 to 4 millimeter long stem; the base of the leaflets is asymmetrical. Stipules are missing.
In spring and summer, it produces 4 to 6 centimeters long trumpet-shaped flowers, which are white or pale pink with a hairy, deep maroon throat, and fragrant. The petals are around 55mm long. The inflorescences sometimes appear to be racemose; they are 6 to 12 inches long. The hermaphrodite, five-fold flowers are more or less zygomorphic.
The crown is coarsely hairy on the inside and short-haired on the outside. The trumpet-shaped crown is more or less upright and has a diameter of 10 to 20 millimeters.
It forms large pointed pods filled with papery seeds, and is easy to germinate, having two-lobed dicotyledons. A capsule fruit is formed that is 4 to 6 centimeters long and has a diameter of about 1 to 2 centimeters. The flat seeds are almost completely surrounded by a membranous wing and have a diameter of 10 to 15 millimeters.
It grows in USDA zones 9 and 10. It usually does not tolerate temperatures below 5 °C (41 °F), especially when young, and must be grown in a cool greenhouse or conservatory. Plants may be placed outside during summer months. Because of their many, striking, trumpet-shaped flowers and their long flowering period, varieties of this type are used as ornamental plants.
It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.
- Nickel, E. Pandorea jasminoides a good coverage vine San Francisco Chronicle 8 November 2009.
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