flame vine or more commonly known in hong kong as fire-cracker vine is a south amercian native. this species however now is generally a garden species. in hong kong as well as being used in gardening, very often you see them in the wild.
it was chinese new year holiday and i was taking a relax stroll taking advantage of the quietness of public holiday in the city. it is interesting flowers often is more than a plant and a silent species. pyrostegia venusta is a vivid example, it simply connects me to joyful sound and emotional effect as its blossoms connect to cheering and celebration like fire-cracker.
炮仗花 fire-cracker vine/flame vine (pyrostegia venusta) – kingdom: 植物界 plantae | (unranked) 演化支: angiosperms 被子植物 | (unranked) 演化支: eudicots 真雙子葉植物 | (unranked) 演化支: asterids | order: 唇形目 lamiales | family: 紫葳科 bignoniaceae | genus: 炮仗藤屬 pyrostegia | species: 炮仗花 p. venusta (source: wiki)
reference from floridata: Flame vine is a vigorous, fast-growing, evergreen woody vine that blooms in winter and spring with spectacular reddish-orange flowers. The compound leaves have two or three 2-3 in (5.1-7.6 cm) oval leaflets and are arranged in pairs opposite each other on the stem. Often, the center leaflet is modified into a coiled, three-parted tendril. Flame vine branches profusely and climbs by clinging with its tendrils. The tubular flowers are about 3 in (7.6 cm) long and borne in clusters of 15-20 at the tips of branches. The corolla has five lobes which are bent backwards, and the long orange stamens and style extend beyond the tube.