Scientific Name:
Tecomaria capensis (Thunb.) Spach, Hist. Nat. Vég. (Spach) 137 (1840)
  • Bignonia capensis Thunb., Prodr. Pl. Cap. 105 (1800)
  • Tecoma capensis (Thunb.) Lindl., Bot. Reg. 13, pl. 1117 (1828)
Vernacular Name(s):
Cape honeysuckle; Fire flower

Semi-erect shrub, tending to ramble, to c. 4 m high. Lvs glabrous, with 7–9 shortly petiolulate or subsessile leaflets. Leaflets 1.5–3 × 1.2–2 cm, ovate to broadly elliptic, glabrous, serrate; base cuneate, often obliquely so; apex acute, the terminal leaflet acuminate. Racemes usually many-flowered, puberulent; bracts linear-subulate, < pedicels. Calyx 3–6 mm long, puberulent; teeth acute, short. Corolla c. 5 cm long, orange-red, deep yellow inside tube; tube gradually curved and widening to the 2-lipped, obliquely positioned limb; lobes elliptic, ciliolate; upper lip emarginate. Style exserted. Capsule to 6 × 5 cm, slightly wider in upper 1/2.

[From: Webb et al. (1988) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 4.]


Flowering: Jan.–Dec.

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