Tecomaria capensis (Thunb.) Spach

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Tecomaria capensis

Photo: Theo van der Merwe
Farm Bokplaas, Inhassoro, on the Temane gasfield

Tecomaria capensis

Photo: Theo van der Merwe
Farm Bokplaas, Inhassoro, on the Temane gasfield

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Common names: Cape honeysuckle (English)
Status: Native
Small tree to 4 m, or more often, a bushy shrub. Branches strongly lenticellate. Leaves 10-25 cm long with (2)3-4(5) pairs of leaflets; rhachis narrowly winged. Leaflets elliptic, ovate to subcircular; margin crenate or serrate. Calyx 5-8(10) mm long, campanulate to shortly cylindric; calyx teeth less than 3 mm long. Corolla tube 3.5 cm long, curved, widening near the mouth; upper lip suberect, the 2 lobes joined to c. halfway; lower lip with 3 recurved free lobes.
Derivation of specific name: capensis: of the Cape
Altitude range:
Flowering time:All year round
Worldwide distribution: Mozambique, Eswatini and South Africa
Mozambique distribution: GI,M
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Insects associated with this species: Striphnopteryx edulis (Food plant)
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Bandeira, S., Bolnick, D. & Barbosa, F. (2007). Wild Flowers of Southern Mozambique Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique Page 185. As Tecomaria capensis (Includes a picture).

Brummitt, R.K. (1974). Variation and distribution of the African species Tecomaria capensis (Bignoniaceae) Bulletin du Jardin Botanique National de Belgique 44(3/4) Pages 419 - 421.

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 880. As Tecomaria capensis (Includes a picture).

Diniz, M.A. (1988). Bignoniaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(3) Pages 64 - 66.

Siebert, S. & Mössmer, M. (Editors) (2002). SABONET Southern Mozambique Expedition 2001; Provisional Plant Checklist of the Maputo Elephant Reserve (MER) and Licuati Forest Reserve (LFR) SABONET News 7(1) Page 24.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Tecomaria capensis
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Tecomaria capensis
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Tecomaria capensis
Plants of the World Online: Tecomaria capensis
Tropicos: Tecomaria capensis
Wikipedia: Tecomaria capensis

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Tecomaria capensis.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=182010, retrieved 8 December 2023

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