Monkey Brush Vine (Combretum rotundifolium)
The Monkey Brush is a striking vine native to South America. This exotic plant grows like a parasite on other plants and trees throughout the jungle. This is an evergreen woody climber vine plant but can be grown as a shrub if trimmed properly. This can be put over a fence, wall, or another tree for its vine nature. This is a medium grower and prefers full or partial sunlight. Leaves are elliptic, slightly bent, and oppositely arranged. Leaves are veined.
The flower acts as a natural feeding source for hummingbirds and a resting spot for green iguanas. The flower is very bright, a vivid orange color that can easily be seen among rainforest greenery. The name Monkey Brush is believed to have come from the flower's long and colorful stamens.
Monkey bush vine flowers are too much showy and attractive. The color of the flower is red, orange-red (actually multicolored). That's why it looks like a fire on the vine during blooming season (spring and summer)