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

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Dolichandra unguis-cati

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At ISPN campus

Dolichandra unguis-cati

Photo: Bart Wursten
At ISPN campus

Dolichandra unguis-cati

Photo: Bart Wursten
At ISPN campus

Dolichandra unguis-cati

Photo: Bart Wursten
At ISPN campus

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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)
Description: Climber, sometimes ascending to great heights in trees, sometimes creeping along the ground. Underground tubers large. Leaves simple on lower growth but mainly 2-foliolate above; 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 very long and narrow, 30-90 × 1-2 cm. Seeds 3-4 × 1 cm, winged.
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Derivation of specific name: unguis-cati: from Latin, unguis, meaning claw and cati, a cat.
Flowering time:Sep - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Native to Central and South America; a cultivated plant or naturalised weed in other countries.
Growth form(s): Climber, liane.
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Content last updated: Wednesday 1 January 2014
Literature:

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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Flora of Mozambique: Dolichandra unguis-cati
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Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Dolichandra unguis-cati

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-20

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Mozambique: Cultivated Plants: Species information: Dolichandra unguis-cati.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/cult/species.php?species_id=152330, retrieved 4 December 2020

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