Campsis radicans

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

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  • Botanical Name : Campsis radicans (L.) Seem.
  • Synonyms : Tecoma radicans (L.) Juss., Bignonia radicans L.
  • Common Name : Tilottama, Trumpet Creeper, Trumpet Vine
  • Plant Family : Bignoniaceae
  • Plant Form : Climbers
  • Occurrence (Sectors) : 5, 17, 21, 27
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Gujarat Forestry Research Foundation

About Campsis radicans Plant :

  • Habit : An extensive root climber.
  • Leaves : Imparipinnate compound, leaflets 9-11, ovate-oblong, acuminate, toothed.
  • Inflorescence : Terminal clusters or panicles.
  • Flowers :
    • Bright orange-scarlet in colour.
    • Calyx tubular, 5-lobed.Corolla tubular below, funnel-shaped above, with 5 spreading lobes, with fimbriate margin, slightly 2-lipped.Stamens 4, didynamous.
    • Ovary seated on a disk, style long, stigma 2-lipped.
  • Fruit : Capsule many seeded.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : August - November
  • Significance : Common in gardens everywhere on trunks of trees and walls, climbing with aerial roots.