Thunbergia erecta

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

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  • Botanical Name : Thunbergia erecta (Benth.) T.Anderson
  • Synonyms : Meyenia erecta Benth.
  • Common Name : Bush Clock Vine, King's Mantle, Mohan
  • Plant Family : Acanthaceae
  • Plant Form : Shrub
  • Occurrence (Sectors) : 1, 4, 18, 28
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Indroda Park

About Thunbergia erecta Plant :

  • Habit : A small erect shrub with a square stem.
  • Leaves : Opposite, ovate-elliptic, acute, with a blunt tooth on either side above the middle, wavy.
  • Inflorescence : Axillary solitary or in pairs
  • Flowers :
    • Blue purple, bracteate, bracts greenish-white, spathe-like.
    • Calyx very short, cup-like, with 15-teeth, hairy.
    • Corolla curved, funnel-shaped with 5 unequal lobes, yellowish-white at base, central portion cream shading into dense violet lobes and mouth.
    • Stamens 4, didynamous, anthers hairy.
    • Ovary 2-celled, on a disk, style long, stigma bilobed.
  • Fruit : Capsule 4-seeded.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : August - January
  • Significance : Planted in the gardens and often cut into beautiful shapes and designs for the topiarist's art.