Bomarea is a gorgeous small to medium sized flowering plant. There remain between 100-120 species of it and the uncertain number occurs due to disagreements between botanists as to classifications.
The different species also come in several varieties. The greater percentage develop as climbing vines (check out Jade Vine), yet a few varieties do not climb and take the form of tiny ground cover.
All varieties appear to be predominantly tropical or subtropical plants and develop blooms in rather prolific numbers.
Bomarea Distribution and Environment
The majority of them also serve as part of the forest undergrowth. There, the plant spreads advantageously throughout the surrounding forest.
Most species adapted to the shaded conditions beneath the dense forest canopy. Yet, a few types also evolved to thrive in the high elevations of the Andes. There, surrounding vegetation remains rather scarce.
Finally, a small minority of species even adapted to flourish in the fog belt along the coast of Chile.
Bomarea Physical Description
In the majority of Bomarea varieties, the flowers appear somewhat tube shaped in structure. These generally grow elongated.
The seeds typically have a coating consisting of a soft, red colored flesh. The blooms develop at the ends of multiple growing shoots and as many as 40-45 flowers sometimes appear in each cluster.
The various types also produce flowers in a wide range of colors. Most varieties create only one color, but a few forms produce multiple colored blooms.
The leaves of the Bomarea typically grow long and slender, in most species. Individual vines sometimes attain a length of as much as 20 ft (6.1 m).