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Monday, October 26, 2009

Petraeovitex wolfei - The Nong Nooch Vine

Botanical Name: Petraeovitex wolfei
Synonym: Petraeovitex bambusetorum
Origin: Malaysia
Family: Lamiaceae
Common name: Wolfe's Vine or Nong Nooch Vine

Scientific name structure:
a) petraea/petraeus = rock-loving
b) vieo = to plait, tie up or twine
c) bambusa = bamboo-like
d) toreo = to bore through or pierce

Common name:
Nong Nooch Vine comes from the Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden in Pattaya, Thailand.

The blooms consists of bright yellow bracts with creamy white flowers.

It is an amazing climber and grows vigorously. The blooms form on the tips of its vining stems and cascade down 2ft or more in length.

The blooms form a pendulous infloresence that opens for many weeks. A bloom cycle may last up to 6 months. Foliage is dense and dark green in colour, quite similar to those of the clerodendrums.

It is a free flowering vigorous climber which is suitable for a fencing or trained on a pole, hoop, trelis or pergola. Also suitable for containers and hanging baskets.

This recent introduction into the horticultural world was named after Dr. Eric Wolfe who discovered the plant in Kedah and presented it to Mr. J.W. Ewart, the Assistant Curator at the Singapore Botanical Gardens in 1938. Dr. EDP Wolf was the Deputy Director of Medical Services of The Federation of Malaya. This climber was first recorded in the states of Kedah and Terengganu in Peninsular Malaysia.

In Malaysia, we can quite easily find it at our local nurseries.

Have you see this plant before?
Are you growing it in your climate zone?

My sources of reference :
1. Newsletter of The Singapore Botanic Gardens, Volume 24, July 2005 ISSN 12-1688
2. has featured it as a rare plant and they also have the seedlings for sale.

Photographs taken by Autumn Belle at The Secret Garden of 1-Utama
My grateful thanks to Dr. Francis Ng, The Secret Garden of 1-Utama

This post is my entry for Mellow Yellow Monday # 41. My grateful thanks to Drowsey Monkey for hosting this fun site. To participate or to view other MYM posts around the world, please click here.


  1. Autumn Belle what a beautiful vine! I have fallen in love with it. Does it grow by seeds?

  2. Hi what a lovely flower and climbing plant so exotic and such long racemes.

    I finally managed to put a Google Translator on my blog by copying yours. i have been trying to do this for a couple of weeks but it would not work from my gadgets but seems ok now so many thanks.
    Now my daughter can practise her French for her french boyfriend.He he!

  3. This vine and its flowers in your picture is a beautiful one. Maybe because this variety is from Malaysia :-D... and the good environment they have at the garden. The leaves are like sireh and I like the cascading yellow flowers. There is one plant that I recognise in the nurseries that is from Thailand called Nong Nooch Vine of same family.

  4. This is a new one to me and I love it!

  5. What an extraordinary beauty!!! Breathtaking Nature's display. I also like the information as this flower is still new to me.

  6. Autumn Belle, we love the beautiful vegetation of a tropical garden... large bold foliage, yet balanced with delicate flowers.

  7. We are lucky to find flowers 365 days in a year.

  8. Hello Autumn Belle, what a lovely climbing flower, never saw one before. Your tropical climate allows the growing of so many different plants from where I live. So nice knowing new plants.
    Muchos cariños
    María Cecilia

  9. I've also never seen a vine like that...really special. Thanks for all the info about it.

  10. Hello!
    One of these days I will remember to do a Mellow yellow monday.
    You just posted about a plant I can't even pronounce! I love it though! It is quite a stunning golden yellow, never before grown in my neck of the woods, that is for sure. I love coming to your blog and seeing all these new plants and learning about your culture as well.

  11. I've never seen this plant before. I can tell from your pictures that it's a vigorous climber. Love it!

  12. Hello,

    Well, you have done it again - another beautiful plant! I am usually pretty good with pronouncing latin names, but I cannot even begin to try this one!

  13. I've never seen a plant like that: rare beauty Petraeovitex wolfei.
    Warm wishes

  14. Lovely flowers. thanks for playing.

  15. Thanks for playing, and such a lovely flower.

  16. Autumn Belle, great info to go with your beautiful photos! A very unusual and exotic vine...I love it!

  17. Hi, Autumn Belle - that is a very pretty vine and I love the color. I have seen a lot of pretty blooms on your blog!:)

  18. so beautiful, It look so much like an orchid plant, nice to have a vine garden with all these beautiful plants.

  19. What a lovely climber! Very pretty.

  20. Beautiful climber, which I have not seen before. Your blog is very interesting, I have become a follower.

  21. Thanks for letting me know that this yellow flowered vine is from Malaysia. I've just seen it recently being sold in the Philippine Orchid Society Show in Manila.

  22. Hello Autumn Belle. Terima kasih for dropping by!
    I am jealous of the exotic flowers you are able to grow in your climate. Delhi is too hot for growing orchids I think.
    I think I'm going to plant some lemon grass. You've made it sound easy and I am inspired.

  23. Helen, I too have fallen in love with the flowers. The soft yellow bracts and cream white flowers are an exquisite combination, especially so against the dark green foliage. I have seen photos of it on pergolas and the flower just cascade out gracefully, just like a decorative hairpiece. is carrying the seedlings for sale. When these vines are growing like natives in our land, they can usually be propagated by cuttings.

    Joanne, I am very glad to hear that you are successful with the Google Translator. It is so much fun to share these gadgets among blogger friends. Ah, what a good idea of using it to practise a foreign language! My warmest ‘je t'aime ‘ to your dear daughter .

    Stephanie, I read that the wolfe vine was first discovered in Malaysia. But Thailand has a world famous Nong Nooch Botanical Garden of which also gives it the other common name. The vine grown at the Singapore Botanical Garden was taken from Thailand. Dr. Francis Ng has labeled the plant at The Secret Garden of 1-Utama as Malaysia origin, probably that’s where he obtained the seedling. You are right. It’s from the same family as those you see at the nurseries.

    Darla, Mania , Di, Rainfield, Maria Cecilia, Linnea, Tatyana, Lino, Lynn, Amy, Urban Green. Thank you very much for the nice comments. I just love the colour of the flower. It is a very very nice and delicious, creamy yellow which is so soothing to the eyes.

    Rosey, do join me at Mellow Yellow Monday. After you have posted the pictures, the easiest and fastest way is to copy and paste the sentence (from your previous post or my post) about ‘visiting others with MYM posts, click here’. It is fun! I find that there are really many beautiful yellow flowers which I didn’t noticed earlier. I have many more flowers to show.

    Helen and Rosey. Regarding the flower name, you all are not alone. I too cannot pronounce it properly. I have also got the spelling wrong every time I typed out. It sounds so Greek to me but that’s what I like, unusual things! He he!

    Irene, welcome to My Nice Garden! It is really fun playing MYM. Thank you very much for your nice compliments.

    James, I think so too. How nice to have a vigorous vine that blooms continuously with flowers that look like orchids.

    Urban Green, I think this plants is good for your balcony. I am imagining the beautiful cream flowers cascading down from the balcony.

    Lotusleaf, welcome to My Nice Garden! Thank you for following my blog.

    Andrea, we share so many plants in common, being in South East Asia. Regarding your comments, I wish to say ‘Maraming Salamat!’

  24. Wow! The flowers are absolutely enchanting, Autumn Belle! I've never seen this vine before! Thanks for sharing!

  25. Beautiful pictures. I am in Thailand and I have them at home. They give a joyous glow around my veranda, climbing and help shading the area.

    I can testify these are robust and need no care at all (I am a terrible gardener). One of my two initial plants has survived the 2011 flood. After 18 months and not much help from me, they are back.

    I want to spread them around, the flood killed all specimens at local botanists. So you tell me they can grow from cuttings. I assume sand and indoors can produce roots, I'll try.

    The joy of flowers should be spread to the world!

    1. Dr. Julien, thank you very much for the feedback from your own personal experiences. I have seen pictures of Nong Nooch vine growing so beautifully, some like a curtain of glittering gold spread out along a wall or fence in Thailand.

  26. Hi I bought this plant online and its growing only leaves. How do I care for it and how long to get flowers? I have given it fertiliser too but no blooms.

    1. Pinkie, the soil should be moist, well draining and loamy. Grow under full sun and water it well, up to twice a day during the hot/dry season. It should flower when it is matured enough and the conditions are right.


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