Chain of Love (Antigonon Leptopus) is what you are looking at. For some reason, they are not so common these days within the Klang Valley (an area comprising Kuala Lumpur and its suburbs, approximately 40-50km radius from the center), maybe they are shy of the intense development taking place around Klang Valley over the years. I was therefore absolutely delighted to stumble upon a whole bunch of them growing profusely on the fences/boundaries along a stretch of quiet countryside road on one of my recent photography outings. Their tiny and delicate looking vibrant pink and snow white flowers looked so refreshing and delightfully summery basked in the early morning sun. Not only are the flowers gorgeous looking, the deep green cordate (heart shaped) leaves denote romance, complementing the pinks and whites beautifully, nature’s wonder at play. It’s a fast-growing climbing vine that supports itself by wrapping its tendrils on anything suitable it comes across, growing to about 25 feet or more in length.
While doing my research to identify the plant and know more about it, I was rather amused to learn that it is known by a variety of charming names around the world where they thrive. Chain of Love, Cadena de Amor, Hearts on a Vine, Coral Bell, Queen’s Jewels, Chinese Love Vine, San Miguelito Vine, Coralita, Honolulu Creeper, Mexican Creeper, Rose of Montana Vine, Coral Vine, Confederate Vine, Sandwich Island Creeper, etc. These lovely names just have that nice romantic association and ring to it, don’t you think? In Malaysia and Indonesia, it is known as ‘Air Mata Pengantin’ i.e. ‘Bride’s Tears’, tears of joy on the big day, surely!
All photos: Fujifilm X-E2 with XF 55-200mm