Dolichandra unguis-cati (L.) L.G. Lohmann

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Dolichandra unguis-cati

Photo: Mark Hyde
Reps Theatre, Harare

Dolichandra unguis-cati

Photo: Mark Hyde
Reps Theatre, Harare

Dolichandra unguis-cati

Photo: Mark Hyde
Reps Theatre, Harare

Dolichandra unguis-cati

Photo: Mark Hyde
Epping Road, Mount Pleasant, Harare

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Synonyms: Bignonia tweediana Lindl.
Bignonia unguis-cati L.
Doxantha unguis-cati (L.) Rehder
Macfadyena unguis-cati (L.) A.H. Gentry
Common names: Cat's claw creeper (English)
Frequency: Locally common
Status: Introduced
Climber, sometimes ascending to great heights in trees, sometimes creeping along the ground. Roots tuberous. Leaves 2-foliolate; leaflets ovate to lanceolate. Tendrils 3-fid, curving like cat's claws. Flowers spectacular, but usually short-lived. Corolla yellow, 5-7 cm across the lobes. Fruit up to 40 cm. Seeds 3-4 × 1 cm, winged.
Notes: Very commonly grown garden plant now well naturalised, sometimes in great abundance, but so far, only within and close to the cities of Harare and Mutare. It is very likely more widespread but under-recorded.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: On trees in parks and gardens, mainly in urban areas within Harare; also in riverine fringe vegetation.
Altitude range: (metres) 1250 - 1550 m
Flowering time:Sep - Oct
Worldwide distribution: Native to Central and South America; a cultivated plant or naturalised weed in other countries.
Zimbabwe distribution: C,E
Growth form(s): Climber, liane.
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Images last updated: Saturday 10 December 2016

Davies, H.F. (Undated). Alphabetical Catalogue of Plants growing in the gardens of Ewanrigg National Park, Arcturus. [Possibly not published (typed only)] Page 5.

Henderson, L. (2001). Alien weeds and invasive plants Plant Protection Research Institute Handbook No. 12. Plant Protection Research Institute, Agricultural Research Council, South Africa. Page 62. (Includes a picture).


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Dolichandra unguis-cati., retrieved 13 December 2017

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