Stictocardia queenslandica – Queensland Woodrose (plant)
Stictocardia queenslandica is a vine from the Convolvulaceae family, which also includes the genera Ipomoea (Morning Glory), Merremia (Hawaiian Woodrose) and Argyreia (Hawaiian Baby Woodrose) amongst others. Native to Australia and previously classified as Stictocardia tiliifolia which has a much larger pan-tropical distibution.
Many members of the family are used as food, medicinally and for divination purposes (for example, Rivea corymbosa, Ipomoea violacea and Argyreia nervosa). Ipomoea batatas (Sweet Potato) is a family member used for food production.
Seeds of Stictocardia queenslandica contain alkaloids, which include lysergol, elymoclavine, ergometrine, penniclavine, isopenniclavine, ergometrinine, isolysergol, chanoclavine I and II, ergine, alpha-dihydrolysergol and isoergine (Cambie & Ash, 1994). A decoction of the plant is drunk by women after childbirth (Zepernick, 1972).
Stictocardia queenslandica is a beautiful native climber worth growing in any subtropical garden. The large pink/purple funnel flowers so typical of Morning Glories are a real standout against the dull dark green of the large heart shaped leaves. It covers an untidy corner of the garden in part shade or full sun but is never hard to control. In hard times it will simply drop its leaves and is therefore surprisingly drought tolerant. There are four seeds per capsule.
Care and Cultivation of Stictocardia queenslandica
A luxuriant vine in tropical and subtropical conditions which has large heart-shaped leaves and pink-purple funnel-shaped flowers. Likes adequate water and a part-shade position in well drained soil. Not frost tolerant but slightly drought tolerant as it can drop all leaves and stay dormant over the dry period.
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