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  Dolichandra unguis-cati (L.) A. Gentry
  Family Name : Bignoniaceae

  Synonyms : Macfadyena unguis-cati, Bignonia unguis-cati

  Common Names : Anikab, Bejuco, Edmurcielago, Mano de Lagarija, Cat Claw Ivy

  Chinese Name : 猫爪藤

 
Anikab,Bejuco,Edmurcielago,Mano de Lagarija,Cat Claw Ivy
  • Record Info
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Plant Division :
      Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Dicotyledon)
      Plant Growth Form :
      Climber, Vine & Liana
      Lifespan (in Singapore) :
      Perennial
      Mode of Nutrition :
      Autotrophic
  • Biogeography
    • Native Distribution :
      Tropical America
      Native Habitat :
      Terrestrial
      Local Conservation Status :
      Exotic (Horticultural / Cultivated Only)
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Plant Morphology :
      Growth Form: A woody vine, it climbs by means of claw-shaped leaf tendrils and adventitous roots. 
      Roots: The roots produce tubers which produce runners. 
      Foliage: The compound leaves are arranged in opposite pairs along the stems. Each leaf consists of 2 leaflets and a terminal 3-clawed tendril. The leaflets are ovate to lanceolate, 3-7 cm long, with an entire margin. 
      Flowers: The yellow flowers are trumpet-shaped, 7 by 10 cm, borne in clusters at the leaf axils. The corolla is 5-lobed and yellow with orange lines running along the length of the corolla tube. 
      Fruits: The fruit is a linear, flat capsule, up to 50 cm long, with oblong, winged seeds. 
      Habitat :
      It is found in tropical and pre-montane forests, at sea level to 600m in altitude. 
      Cultivation :
      It can be propagated by seed.
      Etymology :
      Macfadyena, after James Macfadyen (1799–1850), a Scottish doctor and botanist who studied the plants of the Caribbean region; Latin unguis-cati, cat's-clawed, referring to the claw-like tendrils.
      Ethnobotanical Uses :
      None
  • Landscaping Features
    • Landscaping :
      It is suitable for parks and gardens, on trellis and pergolas for its bright yellow flowers.
      Desirable Plant Features :
      Ornamental Flowers
      Plant & Rootzone Preference/Tolerance :
      Dry Soils / Drought, Moist Soils, Well-Drained Soils, Fertile Loamy Soils
      Landscape Uses :
      Parks & Gardens, Vertical Greenery / Green Wall, Trellis / Arbour / Pergola
      Thematic Landscaping :
      Golden Garden
      Usage Hazards / Cons :
      Invasive / Potentially Invasive
  • Fauna, Pollination & Dispersal
    • Pollination Method(s) :
      Biotic (Fauna)
      Seed / Spore Dispersal :
      Abiotic (Wind)
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Full Sun, Semi-Shade
      Water Preference :
      Moderate Water
      Propagation Method :
      Seed, Stem Cutting, Storage Organ (Tuberous Root), Division
  • Foliar
    • Foliage Retention :
      Evergreen
      Mature Foliage Colour(s) :
      Green
      Mature Foliage Texture(s) :
      Leathery
      Foliar Type :
      Compound
      Foliar Arrangement Along Stem :
      Opposite
      Foliar Attachment to Stem :
      Petiolate
      Foliar Shape(s) :
      Non-Palm Foliage (Ovate; Lanceolate)
      Foliar Venation :
      Pinnate / Net
      Foliar Margin :
      Entire
  • Non-Foliar & Storage
    • Root Type :
      Underground, Aboveground (Aerial Root)
  • Floral (Angiosperm)
    • Flower & Plant Sexuality :
      Bisexual Flowers
      Flower Colour(s) :
      Orange, Yellow / Golden
      Flower Grouping :
      Cluster / Inflorescence
      Flower Location :
      Axillary
      Individual Flower Shape :
      Trumpet-shaped
  • Fruit, Seed & Spore
    • Mature Fruit Colour(s) [Angiosperms & Gymnosperms] :
      Brown
      Fruit Classification :
      Simple Fruit
      Fruit Type :
      Dehiscent Dry Fruit (Capsule)

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