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  Tecoma capensis 'Apricot' (Thunb.) Lindl.
  Family Name : Bignoniaceae

  Synonyms : Tecomaria capensis 'Apricot'

  Common Names : Apricot Cape Honeysuckle

 
Apricot Cape Honeysuckle
  • Record Info
    • Featured in '1001 Garden Plants in Singapore' Book (2ed) :
      True
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Plant Division :
      Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Dicotyledon)
      Plant Growth Form :
      Tree (Shrubby (1m-5m)), Shrub (Woody)
      Mode of Nutrition :
      Autotrophic
      Maximum Height :
      1.8 m to 2.5 m
      Maximum Plant Spread / Crown Width :
      2.5 m
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Plant Morphology :
      Growth Form: It is an evergreen shrub and scrambling vine, growing up to 2.5 m tall. 
      Foliage: Leaves opposite, pinnately compound; leaflets 2-9, sessile, elliptical to ovate, measuring up to 7.5 by 3.5 cm, apex rounded, base rounded or cuneate, glabrous on both surfaces, margin serrate.
      Stems: Stems are cylindrical, with lenticels.
      Flowers: Flowers numerous, axillary raceme; calyx green, corolla apricot tubular.
      Fruits: Fruits flattened, pointed at both ends, dehiscent. The fruits have seeds with transparent paper-like wing. 
      Etymology :
      Genus Tecoma comes from the Mexican name, tecomaxochitl.
      The specific epithet capensis refers to the Cape of Good Hope, South Africa.
      Cultivar Apricot refers to the flower colour.
      Ethnobotanical Uses :
      None
  • Landscaping Features
    • Desirable Plant Features :
      Ornamental Flowers
      Plant & Rootzone Preference/Tolerance :
      Well-Drained Soils, Saline Soils / Salt Spray, Acidic (low pH) Soils, Alkaline (high pH) Soils
      Landscape Uses :
      General, Parks & Gardens, Small Gardens
      Thematic Landscaping :
      Bird & Wildlife Garden
  • Fauna, Pollination & Dispersal
    • Associated Fauna :
      Bird-Attracting, Butterfly Food Plant (Flower Nectar)
      Pollination Method(s) :
      Biotic (Fauna) (Vertebrates (Bird))
      Seed / Spore Dispersal :
      Biotic (Fauna), Abiotic (Wind)
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Full Sun
      Water Preference :
      Moderate Water
  • Foliar
    • Foliage Retention :
      Evergreen
      Mature Foliage Colour(s) :
      Green
      Mature Foliage Texture(s) :
      Smooth, Thin
      Foliar Type :
      Compound (Odd-Pinnate)
      Foliar Arrangement Along Stem :
      Opposite
      Foliar Attachment to Stem :
      Petiolate
      Foliar Shape(s) :
      Non-Palm Foliage (Ovate; Elliptical)
      Foliar Venation :
      Pinnate / Net
      Foliar Margin :
      Serrate / Toothed
      Foliar Apex / Tip :
      Rounded
      Foliar Base :
      Cuneate, Rounded / Obtuse
      Leaf Area Index (LAI) * for Green Plot Ratio :
      4.5 (Shrub & Groundcover - Dicot)
  • Non-Foliar & Storage
    • Mature Bark Texture :
      Lenticellate
  • Floral (Angiosperm)
    • Flower & Plant Sexuality :
      Unisexual Flowers
      Flower Colour(s) :
      [Remarks] (Apricot)
      Flower Grouping :
      Cluster / Inflorescence
      Flower Location :
      Axillary
      Individual Flower Shape :
      Tubular
      Inflorescence Type :
      Raceme
  • Fruit, Seed & Spore
    • Fruit Type :
      Dehiscent Dry Fruit

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