Found along a neighborhood walk today. There was a also a pretty red variety of Mandevilla planted near to this one. The pink had better light for the photograph, though.


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Mandevilla /ˌmændɨˈvɪlə/[3] is a genus of plants belonging to the dogbane family, Apocynaceae. It consists of about 100 species, mostly tropical and subtropical flowering vines.

Mandevilla species are native the Southwestern United States,[4] MexicoCentral America and South America. Many originate from the Serra dos Órgãos forests in Rio de Janeiro,Brazil. The genus was named after Henry Mandeville (1773-1861), a British diplomat and gardener.[5]

Mandevillas develop spectacular, often fragrant flowers in warm climates.[6] The flowers come in a variety of colours, including white, pink, yellow, and red. Many hybrids have been developed, mainly deriving from M. ×amabilisM. splendens, and M. sanderi.[7] As climbers, Mandevillas can be trained against a wall or trellis to provide a leafy green and often flowering picture of beauty. They have a tendency to attract insects like mealybugs and scales.

While Mandevilla scabra is sometimes used as an additive to the psychedelic drink Ayahuasca, there is no evidence that it is psychoactive in its own right. It is, however, considered to be toxic.[8]  — Wikipedia

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