Allamanda blanchetii A. DC.

Sub-Family: Not available
English Name: Cherry Allamanda
Synonym: Allamanda violacea Gaertn.
Common Name: Purple allamanda
Flowering & Fruiting Period: Throughout the year
Distribution: Native of tropical America
Habitat: Grown as ornamental
Uses: Ornamental, the sap is cathartic and emetic when used in small doses, in larger doses it is poisonous. The latex contains the iridoid lactones plumericine and isoplumericine, plus the coumarins umekalin and its methyl ether.
Key Characteristics: Pretty violet-shaded flowers are trumpet-shaped, very showy and appear all year in consistently warm climates. This vine has thin, arching, twining woody branches. The bark is brown, furrowed on mature stems and yellow-green on younger branches. These emit a milky irritating sap when broken. The leaves are elliptical in shape, slightly fuzzy, green to yellow-green and appear opposite to one another on the stems. The fruits are spiny seed capsules.