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
- ‘Numerous additional descriptive common names, including confederate vine, Mexican creeper, chain of love, love vine, pink vine, corallita and Queen's wreath.’
- ‘Roosevelt says these vines are called corallita.’
- ‘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.’
Late 19th century: from American Spanish coralito, diminutive of Spanish coral ‘coral’.
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