One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of a number of tropical shrubs or climbers that bear showy flowers, typically of yellow or purple.
Species in several families, in particular members of the genus Allamanda, family Apocynaceae, including the South American yellow allamanda (A. cathartica), which is cultivated as an ornamental
- ‘The trellis above the rooms was laden with pink and yellow allamandas and bougainvillea.’
- ‘She has divided her own garden into ‘rooms’ separated by borders of shrubs - mussaenda with pink and red blooms, allamandas in a whole range of colours and the white balls of spirea, or bridal wreath - all in the shade of huge trees.’
- ‘Plumerias are native to tropical America and related to mandevillas, allamandas and oleanders.’
- ‘Yellow allamanda has a white milky sap in all parts, which oozes out as soon as it is broken.’
- ‘You'll delight in the colors and fragrances of the climbing white stephanotis vine, yellow allamander and oleander.’
Modern Latin, named after Jean-Nicholas-Sébastien Allamand (1713–87), Swiss naturalist.
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