Cape Honeysuckle

Tecoma (Tecomaria) capensis

Tecoma capensis with showy red flowers, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

Observed blooming in a hedgerow near Eldoret, Kenya. December 2012.

SHRUB: Leafy, dark green shrub rarely taller than 2 m in height.

FLOWERS: Large, showy, red, tubular flowers are bilaterally symetrical with prominent stamens.

LEAVES: Leaves are 20 to 30 cm long and pinnately compound. Dark green. Leaves are are alternate on the stems.

RANGE: Native to South Africa, but widely planted in tropical and subtropical areas worldwide.

FRUIT: Long slender pods are slightly compressed laterally and split open to release papery seeds.

UNARMED. Without thorns.

Bignoniaceae -- Trumpet Vine Family

More Information:

Kenya Natural History

Copyright Michael J. Plagens, Created on 3 June 2013