Cape Honeysuckle

Tecoma (Tecomaria) capensis

Cats Claw Creeper, Dolichandra unguis-cati, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

Observed in a secondary growth woods in Nairobi, Kenya. July 2014.

VINE: Claw-shaped aerial roots anchor the vine tightly to tree bark or building bricks.

FLOWERS: Large, showy, yellow, tubular flowers are bilaterally symetrical.

LEAVES: Leaves are paired at each node and each is compound, bifoliate.

RANGE: Native to the Americas and introduced. This vine has potential to be a ecologically disruptive invasive.

FRUIT: Long flattened pods with many seeds.

UNARMED. Without thorns on the stems or leaves.

Bignoniaceae -- Trumpet Vine Family

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Kenya Natural History

Copyright Michael J. Plagens, Created on 19 January 2015