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Tropical / Monkey Comb (Amphilophium crucigerum)

Monkey Comb (Amphilophium crucigerum) Monkey Comb (Amphilophium crucigerum) Monkey Comb (Amphilophium crucigerum) Monkey Comb (Amphilophium crucigerum)
Monkey Comb (Amphilophium crucigerum) Monkey Comb (Amphilophium crucigerum) Monkey Comb (Amphilophium crucigerum) Monkey Comb (Amphilophium crucigerum)
Monkey Comb (Amphilophium crucigerum)
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The woody fruits have a prickly surface and contain large, winged seeds.

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Family: Bignoniaceae
Scientitific name: Amphilophium crucigerum (syn. Pithecoctenium crucigerum)
Common name: Monkey comb
Origin: Central America

The flowers of this vine start out white and then get more and more yellow. Starting at the opening and later the entire flower. After pollination they are followed by large woody fruits up to 30 cm in size. The surface of these is prickly and this has caused them to be called "monkey combs" in Central America. Inside those fruits are large seeds with wings to glide so they can spread. They are about 7 cm in size and glide out of the fruit one or two at a time.  

The species is tropical, but can withstand relatively low temperatures (minimum of 0 ºC). This allows the plant to be kept as a houseplant, but it can also be placed outside for part of the year. Make sure to place the plant in partial shade and water it regularly. Because the plant climbs, it can eventually become quite large and needs support in growth. If the stems become too long, they can be pruned. 

Sowing description: Sow seeds shallowly in sowing and cutting soil. Keep the soil constantly slightly moist and let them germinate at 22-30 °C. 

Sowing period: Whole year
Difficulty: Intermediate
Minimum temperature: 0 degrees Celsius

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