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Manettia cordifolia Mart. var. glabra

Frost tender, vigorous climber with lance-shaped leaves, to 8cm long, and tubular, brilliant red to deep orange flowers, to 5cm long, sometimes yellow-flushed at the lobes, borne singly or in leafy panicles from late winter to summer.  To 4m.  In the variety glabra the segments of the calyx are narrower than in the type.  [RHSE, Hortus, Don].

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘This truly beautiful plant [Manettia cordifolia], raised from seed sent by Mr. Tweedie from Buenos Ayres, first showed flower in the stove of Mr. Neill’s garden, Canonmills, near Edinburgh, in August last [1832].’  [BM t.3202/1833].  FC p.122/1834.  MB p.267/1835.

History at Camden Park

Listed only in the 1857 catalogue [T.667/1857].


Published Feb 08, 2010 - 02:40 PM | Last updated Jul 31, 2010 - 03:00 PM

Figured is a twining climber with heart-shaped leaves and tubular red flowers.  Curtis's Botanical Magazine t.3202, 1833.

Manettia cordifolia Mart. var. glabra | BM t.3202/1833 | BHL

Family Rubiaceae
Region of origin

South America

  • Manettia glabra Cham. & Schlecht.
Common Name

Firecracker vine

Name in the Camden Park Record

Manettia glabra 

Confidence level high