nmutisiaany of various plants of the genus Mutisia
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
nmutisiaA genus of erect or climbing shrubs, type of the tribe Mutisiaceæ, characterized by pistillate flowers, plumose pappus, alternate leaves commonly ending in a tendril, and large solitary heads with the flowers projecting. There are about 36 species, all South American, commonly leaf-climbers, with large purple, pink, or yellow flowers, many highly ornamental in the greenhouse.
Mikania and Mutisia both belong to the Compositae.
"More Letters of Charles Darwin Volume II" by Charles Darwin
In form the flowers are not unlike some of the Sunflowers or Mutisia decurrens.