Tecomanthe speciosa - Three Kings Climber

 

 

The discovery of this plant in 1945 on the Three Kings Island of the northern tip of New Zealand makes it a "back from the brink of extinction" story. One of the last known undiscovered plants in the wild (worldwide) it was saved by nurserymen and is becoming a popular garden climber. Its creamy tubular flowers hang below a canopy of large glassy leaves. This print is made from a single copper plate which is individually inked in six colours. Once again, hand colouring of the flower details is completed when the print is dry.