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Cape honeysuckle

Tecoma capensis

''Tecoma capensis'' is a species of flowering plant in the family Bignoniaceae, native to southern Africa. Despite its common name, it is not closely related to the true honeysuckle.
Cape Honeysuckle This plant is on one of our neighbors street walls. Cape honeysuckle,Geotagged,Mexico,Summer,Tecoma capensis

Appearance

An erect, scrambling shrub, it grows to 2–3 m in height and a similar width. Normally evergreen, it may lose its leaves in colder climates. In certain habitats it may scramble, meaning that it shoots out long growth tips which lean on the stems and branches of other plants, as well as boulders, trellises, fences and walls; this can lead to the plant appearing untidy. The leaves are up to 15 cm long. They are opposite, slightly serrated, green to dark-green, and pinnate with 5 to 9 oblong leaflets.

The flowers are tubular, narrow, about 7.5 cm long, and are produced at different times throughout the year. They are grouped in 10–15 cm long terminal clusters. The flower colour ranges from orange to orange-red to apricot.
Sunset in a spray of flowers This beauty has an array of colours, from yellow through to red, just like a tropical sunset. Bignoniaceae,Reunion 2016,cape honeysuckle

Distribution

The species occurs naturally in South Africa, Swaziland and southern Mozambique. It is cultivated in other areas of the world, such as in South-east Asia, Hawaii and California. It can be considered invasive in remote islands such as the Azores .

Habitat

''Tecoma capensis'' is an excellent plant to use in a wildlife garden in Southern Africa, since it is popular with sunbirds and certain insects due to its nectar. As a scrambler, it can be quite dense and as such can be utilised as a nesting site by a few bird species.

The larvae of the Death's Head Hawkmoth and the Fulvous Hawkmoth eat the leaves of this plant.

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Taxonomy
KingdomPlantae
DivisionAngiosperms
ClassEudicots
OrderLamiales
FamilyBignoniaceae
GenusTecoma
SpeciesT. capensis
Photographed in
Mexico
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