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Chonemorpha splendens


Chonemorpha splendens Chun & Tsiang

Family Name: Apocynaceae
Common Name: 海南鹿角藤

Chonemorpha splendens is a climber with sweetly-scented flowers and large oval leaves. This woody climber has showy, pink flowers resembling the Frangipani and can grow up to 20 m! It grows well on pergolas with support and adds a luxurious, tropical feel to parks and gardens.


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Genus Epithet
Species Epithet
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Species Summary

Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Dicotyledon)
Plant Growth Form Climber
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic
Maximum Plant Spread / Crown Width 20 m


Native Distribution Southern Central China, Hainan
Native Habitat Terrestrial
Preferred Climate Zone Sub-Tropical / Monsoonal
Local Conservation Status Non-native

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Liana growing up to 20 m long.
Foliage Leaves are densely covered with hair, usually broadly ovate or obovate, 18 - 20 cm long by 12 - 14 cm wide. Leaf base rounded to cordate, apex acute. Each leaf has 11 - 12 pairs of veins. Petiolate of 1.5 to 2 cm long,
Stems Stem is yellow tomentose (covered with short hair).
Flowers Flowers are borne in clusters, raceme-like cymes consisting 9 - 13 flowers, located at the end of branches. Flower has tubular calyx measuring 1.5 - 1.8 cm, toothed apex, pink or reddish corolla.
Fruit Follicle, fusiform (spindle-like shaped) measuring 25 cm long x 2 cm wide, tomentose which eventually glabrescent.

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Flowers, Ornamental Foliage
Landscape Uses Trellis / Arbour / Pergola

Fauna, Pollination and Dispersal

Fauna Pollination Dispersal Associated Fauna Butterfly-Attracting

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Full Sun, Semi-Shade
Water Preference Moderate Water
Plant Growth Rate Moderate
Rootzone Tolerance Moist Soils, Well-Drained Soils


Foliage Retention Evergreen
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green
Mature Foliage Texture(s) Hairy / Hirsute
Prominent Young Flush Colour(s) Green
Young Flush Texture(s) Hairy / Hirsute
Foliar Modification Trichome / Hair
Foliar Type Simple / Unifoliate
Foliar Arrangement Along Stem Opposite
Foliar Attachment to Stem Petiolate
Foliar Shape(s) Non-Palm Foliage (Obovate, Ovate)
Foliar Venation Pinnate / Net
Foliar Margin Entire
Foliar Apex - Tip Acute
Foliar Base Cordate, Rounded / Obtuse

Non - Foliar and Storage

Stem Type & Modification Woody
Root Type Underground

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower & Plant Sexuality Bisexual Flowers
Flower Colour(s) Pink
Flower Texture(s) Waxy
Flower Grouping Cluster / Inflorescence
Flower Location Terminal
Flower Symmetry Radial
Individual Flower Shape Funnelform / Funnel-shaped
Inflorescence Type Cyme
Flowering Period Free-Flowering
Flowering Opening Time Daytime
Flowering Habit Polycarpic

Fruit, Seed and Spore

Fruit Classification Simple Fruit
Fruit Type Dehiscent Dry Fruit , Follicle
Mature Seed Texture(s) Velvety / Furry / Tomentose
Seed Description Seeds have silky coma (tuft of hairs at the ends).

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Master ID 34420
Species ID 8833
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Species record last updated on: 23 May 2024.