Petrea volubilis L., Sp. Pl. 626 1753. (Syn. Petrea amazonica Moldenke; Petrea arborea Kunth ….; Petrea arborescens Archer ex Moldenke [Invalid]; Petrea aspera Turcz. .; Petrea atrocoerulea Moldenke; Petrea colombiana Moldenke; Petrea erecta Lodd. [Invalid]; Petrea fragrantissima Rusby; Petrea kohautiana C.Presl ….; Petrea mexicana Willd. ex Cham.; Petrea mexicana Kunth ex M. Martens & Galeotti; Petrea nitidula Moldenke; Petrea ovata M.Martens & Galeotti; Petrea racemosa f. alba (Kuhlm. ex Moldenke) Moldenke .; Petrea retusa C.Presl; Petrea riparia Moldenke; Petrea rivularis Moldenke; Petrea serrata C.Presl; Petrea stapeliae Paxton; Petrea subserrata Bárcena; Petrea subserrata Cham.; Petrea swallenii Moldenke; Petrea vincentina Turcz.; Petrea volubilis Gaertn.; Petrea volubilis var. alba G.F.Freeman & W.G.Freeman; Petrea volubilis var. albiflora (Standl.) Moldenke; Petrea volubilis f. albiflora (Standl.) Standl.; Petrea volubilis var. mexicana Cham.; Petrea volubilis f. pubescens (Moldenke) Moldenke; Petrea volubilis var. pubescens Moldenke ….);
Florida, Mexico to Tropical America: Belize, Bolivia, Brazil North, Brazil Northeast, Brazil South, Brazil Southeast, Brazil West-Central, Cayman Is., Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Florida, French Guiana, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Leeward Is., Mexico Central, Mexico Gulf, Mexico Northeast, Mexico Southeast, Mexico Southwest, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Suriname, Trinidad-Tobago, Venezuela, Windward Is. as per POWO;
Purple Wreath, Queen’s Wreath, Sandpaper Vine • Hindi: नीलमणि लता Nilmani lata • Tamil: Kudirai valuppu • Bengali: নীলমনীলতা Nilmanilata;
PEE-tree-uh — named for Lord Robert James Petre, 18th century English patron of botany and horticulture
vol-OO-BIL-iss — twining
Native to: tropical America; widely cultivated / naturalized in tropics
Belize; Bolivia; Brazil North; Brazil Northeast; Brazil South; Brazil Southeast; Brazil West-Central; Cayman Is.; Colombia; Costa Rica; Cuba; Dominican Republic; Ecuador; El Salvador; Florida; French Guiana; Gambia; Guatemala; Guyana; Haiti; Honduras; Jamaica; Leeward Is.; Mexico Central; Mexico Gulf; Mexico Northeast; Mexico Southeast; Mexico Southwest; Nicaragua; Panam; Paraguay; Peru; Puerto Rico; Suriname; Trinidad-Tobago; Venezuela; Windward Is. as per Catalogue of Life;

Petrea volubilis L.
at Ramrai (nursery in Pune) on January 5, 2013
at Sagar Upvan on April 14, 2012 
at Sagar Upvan on December 8, 2007 
at Sagar Upvan on December 8, 2007

Yet to click it, although it was growing in our College when I did not have a digital camera.

very nice
different plants were photographed and got mixed up??
I am asking because your picture 3  4  and 5 flowers are different
petals are wide and rounded end
not the linear pets i usually see

Yes …, I have posted multiple instances of sightings in gardens of Mumbai and Pune.
The differences (variations) must be due to various horticultural cultivars of the species.


Petrea Volubilis (27/04/2011-NSJ-01):
Petrea Volubilis from Public Garden, Hyderabad (Apr-2011)

Petrea Volubilis for sure.  I will send the photos taken in Mysore recently.


ID confirmation – MS2800411 -31- Petrea volubilis:
I am sending the photographs of Petrea volubilis.
Petrea volubilis a – photo taken on 27.3.11- location Ramanagara
Petrea volubilis  b – photo taken on 27.3.11- location Ramanagara
Petrea volubilis c – photo taken on 19.3.11- location Mysore  – dried flowers’ fruits
Petrea volubilis  d –  photo taken on 19.3.11- location Mysore – dried flowers’ fruits

– This is Petrea volubilis, an ornamental twining shrub.


Lamiaceae & Verbenaceae Week: Verbenaceae – Petrea volubilis:
Lamiaceae & Verbenaceae Week: Verbenaceae
Petrea volubilis.
Native of Mexico. Evergreen vine widely planted in many gardens.

This is that typical example of samara?

Petrea volubilis L.    – PEE-tree-uh — named for Lord Robert James Petre, 18th century English patron of botany and horticulture
– vol-OO-BIL-iss — twining
Dec 8, 2007 at Sagar Upvan, Mumbai
commonly known as: purple-wreath, queen’s-wreath, sand-paper vine
Native to: tropical America; widely cultivated / naturalized in tropics
 – [image: Petrea volubilis] <>
… Dec 8, 2007 at Sagar Upvan, Mumbai


Lamiaceae & Verbenaceae Week: Petrea volubilis:
The images in this post consist of a Petrea volubilis ‘classical (first 2 images) from one plant and the rest of the images from another plant, the latter being a scandent shrub, 10-12 ft tall.
I was not sure whether the scandent shrub images were indeed of Petrea volubilis because they looked so different until I saw something similar in Top Tropicals labeled Petrea arborea. A quick check with the ars-grin database confirmed the taxon listed as a synonym of P. volubilis.
I’m a trifle surprised that the variation has not been listed as a sub-species for the morphological (in structure) difference (subject to my identification being correct) is quite evident and significant.

A nice series of photographs. Why don’t you list down the differences (other than habit), if they look so different?. This will help in further investigation.

I have seen the same differences, in flowers of the vine..Petrea volubilis and the sp called arborea
genetic differences are bound to show up…if the progeny of the two repeats the vine-like Versus the shrub…
The shrub like petrea I saw was at a nursery owned and  run by a man who is the president of the NE indian Nursermen… or some such organization….  I’ll go back and photograph them again in details and  see if I can buy  the two cuttings .. .established in large pots…

Request Plant/Shrub ID 002 – Bangalore – RA:
100ft road, indiranagar bangalore,

Looks like Petrea but not volubilis. Can it be Petrea arborea ?

Petrea arborea
Blue jasmine

Id request:
Id please, one ornamental shrub
from Guwahati

Petrea volubilis

Tree ID- IIT Madras:
Date taken- Jan 7, 2013
Location- Bose Einsten Guesthouse, IIT Madras
…- This small tree had beautiful purple flowers- looked like artificial paper flowers almost…what is this tree?

Petrea arborea, a tree species now merged with Petrea volubilis, a climber.

This purple shower added glory to my roof garden at Kolkata.
Scientific name : Petrea Volubilis
We call it in Bengali – Nilmonilata. In English ‘Purple Wreath’.
Family: Verbenaceae
Woody climber, leave stiff and rough, deeply veined.
Interesting Flower – pale blue mauve stars usually mistaken as flower, but they are actually calices. Dark purple colured tiny flowers rest in the calices. One purple petal has white patch in the middle.
Never seen seed pods / fruits.

Nilmonilata ……………….wow!!!
really nice one….Thank you for sharing.

Petrea volubilis



Attached are pictures of Petrea volubilis captured at Sagar Upvan in February 2013.


Identification of Creeper : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2)

Can some help in identifying the Creeper,
Plant is two yrs old. Not much growth, but recently has shown flowers.
Violet color flowers. It remain for a fortnight.
Friend brought from Nursery
Garden of  –Bharuch Gujarat.

Petrea volubilis L. [Verbenaceae].

Thanks … Its new creeper, introduce to Bharuch, Gujarat, area.

on 28/2/08 in Kolkata; in Sipna near Sinhgad Pune on 8th Feb 2009; at Shalini Palace, Kolhapur– Feb.’09?; Mumbai– 1/3/09; Sharad Baug Palace Bhuj– February’09;

Flower for ID-MN150212:
Sending photos of flowers for ID from an exhibition. Kindly identify the flower.
Place : Byculla, Mumbai
Date : February 2009
Habitat : Cultivated

nice pics. This should be Petrea volubilis..


080513 – ASP9 : Attachments (1). 8 posts by 7 authors.
This plant is a climber with flowers similar to those of Atrabotrys hexapaetaous but not fragrant. What could be this?

It look likes Calycopteris floribunda (Roxb.) Lam. from Combretaceae.

These are the bracts of Petrea arborea white form. Usually these would be of blue colour.

I second … for Petrea arborea, looking at the bracts and the leaves in the background.
The leaves of Petrea are very rough like sand paper.

Yes it is Petrea arborea only

The purple vars. Petrea volubilis blooms in my house during March, but this year its bloom is still there though it has turn white now (9.5.13). May be the sun is too bright.

I have a purple vars. P volubilis at my farm.. it flowered last yr and this yr too but the spray is very less..
I heard the colder the winter the better the showing..
Star Flower of Sri Lanka : 5 posts by 4 authors. 1 image.
I can not find the name of this flower. I think it is a climbing plant but I have not found anything …. can you help me?
Photo taken on 20/02/2018 in Kandy-SriLanka
I am grateful for the help you would give me!

It is species of Petrea … possibly P. volubilis.

Petrea volubilis.

Flower for Id – 31052015SH1 : 8 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (4)

Flower for id pl.
Location – Versova, Mumbai
Date – May 2019

Petrea volubilis, The Purple Wreath

I agree with …

Thanks … Is there any Marathi name for this flower …?

I don’t know any Marathi name.

In Flowersofindia, Nilmani lata is given as the Hindi name.

Yes, I checked that. But couldn’t get marathi name. But नीलमणी is also a nice name 😉


Petrea Species for ID : Friends of the Trees Exhibition, Mumbai : 05JUN20 : AK-6 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)
Again seen at the Friends of the Trees Exhibition in Feb, 20. 
These had white flowers.

We have only one species of Petrea in efi site so far: Petrea volubilis
So it must be this only.


Bk0018_ornamental : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1)
  • Date: Last week of July, 2019
  • Elevation: 1400 masl
  • Habit: Cultivated
  • Location: Bagmati Province, Central Nepal

Petrea volubilis, Verbenaceae,

Introduced to Nepal I guess !

yes I found it cultivated as ornamental.


Flower for Id – ID21022023SH1: 2 high res. images.

Flower for Id pl.
Is this Petrea volubilis ? It had grown on the tree like a creeper/parasite. So unsure.
Location – Bhubaneswar, Odisha
Date – February 2023

Yes !

Petrea volubilis



Petrea volubilis var. alba: 3 images.
Petrea volubilis is seen at many places. I came across similar plant but with white flowers. This encounter was in Lalbagh, Bengaluru. This variety is referred to as Petrea volubilis var. alba.
I expected the petals to be seen on the ground below the vine, as in case of blue variety, but I was disappointed. I could not see them fallen on the ground in my visit to Lalbagh on 8 OCT 2023.
During my next visit on 29 OCT 2023, I could see the petals on the vine itself. However these petals were not spreading out but forming a tube. In some flowers I could see some half opened petals. On some flowers I saw wilted petals with change in colour from white to brown. This explains why the petals were not seen fallen on the ground.
In Lalbagh this vine is located at 12°56’52.48″N 77°35’6.31″E.


Verbenaceae: Petrea volubilis: 5 high res. images.
Petrea volubilis