Thunbergia alata Bojer ex Sims

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Thunbergia alata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Leopard Rock Game Reserve, Vumba.

Thunbergia alata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Path to Hadange Gorge, Chimanimani National Park

Thunbergia alata

Photo: Bart Wursten
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)
Frequency: Locally frequent
Status: Native
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
Habitat: Bracken scrub, grassland and roadsides.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Dec - Jul
Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Climber.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Junonia orithya madagascariensis (Food plant)
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Images 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


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-15

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2015). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Thunbergia alata., retrieved 27 November 2015

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