One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A pink-flowered climbing vine native to Mexico and the Caribbean, grown as an ornamental.
Antigonon leptopus, family Polygonaceae
- ‘A corallita vine with pink blooms grows along the walls.’
- ‘Honeysuckle, jasmine and the rose veil of corallita spread their fragrance across the islands, while closer to the ground still, tiny ernodea can be found hiding amongst the trees.’
- ‘Roosevelt says these vines are called corallita.’
- ‘Numerous additional descriptive common names, including confederate vine, Mexican creeper, chain of love, love vine, pink vine, corallita and Queen's wreath.’
Late 19th century: from American Spanish coralito, diminutive of Spanish coral ‘coral’.
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