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This is a woody, very sturdy flowering vine . The flowers form in long clusters and are nicely fragrant when they first open but fades . The vine is quite tough and grows very high into trees or onto whatever is within reach. Appears to be drought and cold hardy with most of the flowers appearing on the part of the vine with full sun exposure. The flowers are long lasting, staying about a day before dropping off. This particular vine is growing on a residential fence and facing due south. The plant has an obvious relationship with a large species of fire ant. While I was taking these pictures today, the hotter the weather became, the more active the ants in their duties. This plant also attracts numerous other insects such as 3 species of butterflies including Monarch, dragonflies, beetles, ladybugs, spiders and a couple other species of smaller ants. These were just a few I spotted the short time I was there taking pictures. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get pictures of all of them. Whatever she is, she has quite a diverse following.
Residential area at the roadside on the southwest boarder of the yard. Central Florida.
The specific epithet laurifolia refers to its laurel-shaped leaves.
Lat: 27.87, Long: -82.33
Spotted on May 19, 2015
Submitted on May 19, 2015