Thunbergia reticulata A. Rich.

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Thunbergia reticulata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nr upper dam, Hillside Dams, Bulawayo

Thunbergia reticulata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nr upper dam, Hillside Dams, Bulawayo.

Thunbergia reticulata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nr upper dam, Hillside Dams, Bulawayo.

Thunbergia reticulata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nr upper dam, Hillside Dams, Bulawayo.

Thunbergia reticulata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nr upper dam, Hillside Dams, Bulawayo.

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Synonyms: Thunbergia alata Sims var. reticulata (Nees) Burkill
Thunbergia aurea N.E. Br.
Common names:
Status: Native
Creeping or twining herb, often appearing more or less erect when small. Stems up to 40 cm long in erect plants or up to 1.5 m long in creeping or twining plants. Leaves opposite, triangular-ovate, cordate, often with hastate lobes at the base, more or less sparsely hairy, mostly on the veins beneath; margin entire or coarsely toothed; petiole 1-5.5 cm long, narrowly to broadly winged. Flowers axillary, solitary or rarely paired; bracteoles green with conspicuous, often brownish to purple veins, ovate, 1.7-2.5 cm long, cordate and distinctly 4-angular at the base. Corolla white, cream to orange without a purple throat. Capsule depressed globose with a beak 10-15 mm long, densely finely velvety.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In woodland, bushland and grassland, often on sand.
Altitude range: (metres) 900 - 1410 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W
Growth form(s): Climber.
Endemic status:
Red data list status: Data deficient
Insects associated with this species:
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Images last updated: Friday 27 February 2009

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 199. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 15.

Roodt, V. (2011). Wild flowers, Waterplants and Grasses of the Okavango Delta and Kalahari "Did You Know" nature series Struik Nature for Veronica Roodt Publications Page 43. (Includes a picture).

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

Vollesen, K. (2013). Acanthaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 8(5) Page 31. (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: Thunbergia reticulata., retrieved 17 December 2017

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