Mad, bad and dangerous to know, this is our new favourite for the summer greenhouse.
All above ground parts are covered in sticky glands that trap insects and fingers alike making them proto-carnivorous.
Closely related to Bignoniaceae, the blossoms are strikingly similar to those of Catalpa, Jacaranda and Bignonia.
The flowers are huge bright pink tropical tubes. These move! The stigma is two-lipped closing like a venus fly trap (thigmatropic) when touched by a bee. If the flower is not fertilised, the stigma will open again.
The whole plant smalls strongly of sesame oil or old gym shoes - your choice.
The massive horn shaped seed pods dry to eerie looking claws that are very sharp and designed to cling to woolly mammoths that once roamed their native Arizona. Fantastic!!!
Photo: John D. Byrd, Mississippi State University, Bugwood.org
Grey green, sticky