Tecomaria capensis

Tecomaria capensis (Thunb.) Spach

Synonym: Tecoma capensis

Common Names: Cape Honeysuckle

Family: Bignoniaceae

Habit: Tecomaria capensis grows as a scrambling shrub up to 3 m in height.  The pinnately compound leaves are arranged oppositely.  There are 7 – 11 sessile, ovate to lanceolate, leaflets each with an acuminate apex and serrate margin. The vegetation can be glabrous or pubescent.

The complete, perfect, zygomorphic flowers are arranged in terminal racemes. The calyx has 5 fused, greenish sepals.  The corolla has 5 orange/red 9sometimes yellow), fused, tubular petals that are bilabiate.  There are 4 stamens fused to and exerted beyond the corolla tube. The superior ovary has 2 locules and forms a linear capsule at maturity.

Habitat: Tecomaria capensis occurs in Human Altered environments (yards, gardend abandoned fields and waste areas).

Distribution: Tecomaria capensis is NOT native to the Lucayan Archipelago but occurs on many of the island groupings.  It is native to central and southern Africa but is now cultivated throughout tropical and subtropical regions globally.

Medicinal/Cultural/Economic usage: Tecomaria capensis has no known medicinal plant usage in the Bahamas.

It is used in the horticultural industry because it is drought and semi-salt tolerant.

It is considered an invasive in many island areas.