Thunbergia alata Bojer ex Sims

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Thunbergia alata

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Leopard Rock Game Reserve, Vumba.

Thunbergia alata

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Path to Hadange Gorge, Chimanimani National Park

Thunbergia alata

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Near Chalet 3, Chirinda Forest

Thunbergia alata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Close to Inyangombe Falls

Thunbergia alata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Close to Inyangombe Falls

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Common names: Black-eyed susan (English)
Description: A creeper producing a succession of flowers over an extended period during the year.
Notes: Not recorded as a native plant in the Central Division of Zimbabwe, but it is commonly cultivated in gardens. The record from Ruwa is of a well-naturalised plant some way from any garden.
Derivation of specific name: alata: winged, presumably referring to the prominent wings on the petioles
Flowering time:Dec - Jul
Worldwide distribution:
Growth form(s): Climber.
Insects (whose larvae eat this species): Junonia orithya madagascariensis (Eyed pansy)
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Image last updated: Sunday 1 September 2013

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 134 - 135. (Includes a picture).

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 19. (Includes a picture).

Plowes, D.C.H. & Drummond, R.B. (1990). Wild Flowers of Zimbabwe. Revised edition. Longman, Zimbabwe. No. 129, plate 170

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 19.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 35.

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Flora of Botswana: Thunbergia alata
Flora of Malawi: Thunbergia alata
Flora of Mozambique: Thunbergia alata
Flora of Zambia: Thunbergia alata
Flora of Zimbabwe: Thunbergia alata

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African Plant Database: Thunbergia alata
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Thunbergia alata
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Thunbergia alata
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Thunbergia alata
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Thunbergia alata
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Thunbergia alata
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Thunbergia alata
Ispot Southern Africa : Thunbergia alata
JSTOR Plant Science: Thunbergia alata
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Thunbergia alata
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Thunbergia alata
Tropicos: Thunbergia alata
West African Plants database: Thunbergia alata

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated Plants: Species information: Thunbergia alata., retrieved 26 May 2016

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