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Telosma cordata

Pakalana vine Bunga Siam Asclepiadaceae

Pakalana vine, Tonkin Jasmine, Cowslip Creeper, Telosoma, Telosma cordata

Pakalana vine, Tonkin Jasmine, Cowslip Creeper, Telosoma, Telosma cordata

Telosma cordata, Telosma minor
Family: Asclepiadaceae
Pakalana vine, Tonkin Jasmine, Cowslip Creeper, Telosoma
vine or creeper, full sun, semi-shade, regular water, yellow/orange flowers,  fragrant, attracts butterflies, hummingbirds

Very heavy lemon-like fragrance similar to Ylang-Ylang. Clusters of golden yellow blooms form along the vining stems during summer months. Individual blooms emerge successively over a period of weeks emitting a rich, heavy fragrance that’s reliable day or night. Used for lais in Hawaii, it grows vigorously during the long warm days of summer with growth slowing and eventually coming to a standstill throughout the winter. Hardy Zone 10 and higher. Full or partial sun, grows to 2-3’ in container, vining in habit, minimum temperature 60°F, blooms in spring summer and fall.

This ornamental and fragrant climber is fried or boiled in several South East Asian recipes. The cut flowers are sold in markets wrapped in banana leaves. These flowers are tasty, rich in carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins A et C. Flowering in the rainy season and the colPakalana vine, Tonkin Jasmine, Cowslip Creeper, Telosoma, Telosma cordatad season.

Fragrant Telosma is an evergreen woody twiner vine, native to India, Pakistan, China and Burma. It grows up to 10 to 20 feet tall, with opposite heart shaped leaves with long stalks. It is closely related to the Telosma Vine which has more ovate leaves, and scentless flowers. Branches are softly velvet-hairy. Leaves are beautiful, heart-shaped with a narrow tips. Yellow-green flowers are borne in cymes carried on small stalks. Each cyme has 15-30 flowers. Sepals are oblong-lanceshaped, hairy. Flowers are yellowish green, tube 6-10 × 4-6 mm, hairy outside. Petals are oblong, 6-12 long and 3-6 mm wide. Corona lobes are slightly fleshy. True to its Chinese name Ye Lai Xiang, meaning "nocturnal fragrance," it emits a strong fragrance at night. This vine has a long flowering period. Flowering: May-October.