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Mansoa hymenaea


Mansoa hymenaea DC. A.Gentry

Family Name: Bignoniaceae
Synonyms: Pseudocalymma alliaceum, Bignonia alliacea
Common Name: Garlic Vine, 大蒜藤, 蒜香藤


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Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Dicotyledon)
Plant Growth Form Climber
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic


Native Distribution Tropical America

Description and Ethnobotany

Others - Plant Morphology Woody climber with odourless leaves that give off a distinct garlic smell only when crushed, thus the common name ‘Garlic Vine’. Used as a substitute of garlic sometimes. Flowers are showy, funnel-shaped and bloom in clusters. When in bloom, flowers emit garlic smell. Colour changes from lavender to light lavender to white. Seeds are dispersed by wind or by humans intentionally. Plant also possess medicinal properties.
Ethnobotanical Uses Others: Used to treat fevers, colds, throat and respiratory ailments.

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Fragrant (Foliage), Ornamental Flowers

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Full Sun
Water Preference Moderate Water
Plant Growth Rate Fast to Moderate


Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Colour(s) Pink, Purple, White
Inflorescence Size Remarks Flowers turns from darker shade of lavendar to a lighter shade and eventually white.

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Master ID 154
Species ID 1450
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Species record last updated on: 07 June 2024.