Thunbergia mysorensis

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Thunbergia mysorensis
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Thunbergia mysorensis in the Cairns Botanical Gardens
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Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Acanthaceae
Genus: Thunbergia
Species:
T. mysorensis
Binomial name
Thunbergia mysorensis
Synonyms [1]
  • Hexacentris mysorensisWight

Thunbergia mysorensis, also called Mysore trumpetvine [2] or Indian clock vine, is a species of flowering plant in the family Acanthaceae. A woody-stemmed evergreen, this vine is native to southern tropical India. [3] The specific epithet mysorensis is derived from the city of Mysore. [3] Other vernacular names include brick & butter vine, lady's slipper vine, and dolls' shoes [4] due to the flower shape and large size.

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Description

Thunbergia mysorensis often reaches 6 metres (20 ft) and has long narrow medium green leaves. The dramatic and very large pendent hanging blossoms have individual flowers in a bold curved shaped. This is enhanced by their being a rich saturated yellow, with maroon to brownish red outer tip coloring. [3] The vine blooms from spring to autumn. [3]

Cultivation

Thunbergia mysorensis is cultivated as a popular ornamental plant in tropical and sub-tropical gardens, conservatories and greenhouses. [3] It grows quickly in frost-free temperate climates, such as coastal Southern California, with flowers draping down from pergolas and other garden structures. [5] Its sweet nectar is attractive to sunbirds, a very small passerine bird, and hummingbirds. [3] It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit. [6] [7]

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References

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  2. "Thunbergia mysorensis". Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN). Agricultural Research Service (ARS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Retrieved 19 January 2018.
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Univ. Connecticut plant treatment: Thunbergia mysorensis {Acanthaceae} Clock Vine . accessed 5.1.2011
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