- Class and Order
- Didynamia Angiospermia
- Generic Character
- Caps. bilocularis, truncata, bisulca, apice inæqualiter dehiscens. Cor. ringens, tubulosa campanulata, ventricosa, bisulcato-plicata.
- Specific Character and Synonyms
- MAURANDYA semperflorens caule fruticoso scandente, foliis hastatis nervosis. C. G. Orteg. Nov. Pol. Dec. 2. p. 21
- USTERIA. Cavanill. Icon. vol. 2. p. 5. num. 126. t. 116.
The plant whose elegant form is here so happily delineated by the masterly pencil of Mr. Edwards, according to Dr. Ortega, is an inhabitant of Mexico, where its seeds originally were collected by Dr. Martin Sesse, and sent to the royal garden at Madrid, in which the plant produced flowers and seeds in abundance; from thence seeds were obtained by the Marchioness of Bute, about the year 1786, who most kindly communicated them to different persons in the neighbourhood of London, and among others to my most generous benefactor, James Vere, Esq. in whose collection at his villa, Kensington-Gore, by the careful management of his Gardener, William Anderson, it was first brought to flower in this country, anno 1797.
Mons. Cavanille, who resides at Madrid, where he seizes every opportunity of publishing whatever new plants appear there, has figured and described the present one, under the name of Usteria, not aware that Wildenou had previously bestowed that name on a different plant; for this and other reasons, Dr. Ortega, in a new work of his above referred to, has changed the term Usteria to that of Maurandya; and, though we cannot cordially coincide with the Doctor in the propriety either of his generic or trivial name, we have adopted them.
This climber rises with a shrubby stalk to the height of many feet, is very prolific in branches, and produces flowers abundantly from July to September, which are succeeded by ripe seed-vessels and seeds.—As the plant is easily propagated by cuttings, as well as by seeds, it will soon become common to our greenhouses, though it is rather better suited to the conservatory; if its blossoms, which have a great affinity to those of the Foxglove, had more colour in them, the plant would be more desirable: at some future period such may probably be obtained from seeds.