One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A genus of tropical American plants (mostly lianas) of the family Apocynaceae, some of which are grown as ornamentals in tropical and subtropical regions and which include the Chilean jasmine, Mandevilla laxa; (also mandevilla) a plant of this genus, especially the cultivar M.× amabilis, with red flowers having a strong fragrance.
Mid 19th century. From scientific Latin Mandevilla from the name of Henry John Mandeville, British diplomat.
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