Cadena de Amor, Coral Vine, Antigonon leptopus
A tropical climbing, perennial vine I found at the back of an old church in Culion Island. Cadena de Amor (Chain of Love) is used in folkloric medicine and wild-crafted all over the Philippines. Studies have shown that extracts exhibit anti-thrombin, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic and lipid peroxidation inhibitory activities.
What would the world be, once bereft
Of wet and of wildness? Let them be left,
O let them be left, wildness and wet;
Long live the weeds and wilderness yet.
~ Gerard Hopkins
Happiness flutters in the air whilst we rest among the breaths of nature. ~ Kelly Scheaffer
Join us at Macro Flower Saturday and Today's Flowers
Lovely flowers - with and without insects - and - words for reflection...
We have that vine and it grows like a weed. I never knew it had so many useful properties.
I think this is my first time to see "kadena de amor" it is very pretty. And I love the color so dark pink. I like the name in english too "Chain of Love" ^_^
Love that Hopkins poem. Your floral shots are beautiful. That last one brought a big smile to my face.
Regards and best wishes
Wonderful photos, fine cattleja.
Love your macro shot Luna!
Wow! Double capture.
Beautiful flowers. I remember, we used this flower to decorate our church during Flores de Mayo.
Pretty flowers, Luna...the color is awesome...
Gorgeous photos! I love the colour and the bugs!
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