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Tecomanthe sp. Roaring Meg (L.J.Brass 20326)

Family

Bignoniaceae

Botanical Name

Tecomanthe sp. Roaring Meg (L.J.Brass 20326)

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Stem

A slender vine not exceeding a stem diameter of 2 cm.

Leaves

Leaflet blades about 4.5-9 x 1.5-3.5 cm, lateral leaflet stalks about 1-4 mm long. Stalk of the terminal or middle leaflet longer than those of the lateral leaflets. Lateral veins about 5-7 on each side of the midrib. Numerous depressions visible with a lens on the underside of the leaflet blades. Compound leaf petiole and compound leaf rhachis deeply channelled on the upper surface.

Flowers

Flowers about 3-3.5 cm diam. Calyx tube about 2-3 cm long, lobes about 1.2 cm long. Corolla tube about 6 cm long, glabrous outside, lobes about 1.5 cm long, shortly hairy on the outer surface. Stamens about 4 cm long, attached near the base of the corolla tube. Staminal filaments about 3-3.5 cm long. Anther locules +/- divaricate, cohering only by a short section of the connective at the apex. Pollen cream-coloured. Staminode about 1.8 cm long. Disk shaped like a swollen ring around the base of the ovary. Ovary shortly stalked. Style about 4-5.5 cm long, stigmas about 5 mm long, +/- rhomboidal, held vertically +/- adhering together. Ovules numerous.

Seedlings

Features not available.

Distribution and Ecology

Occurs in NEQ. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 1000 m. Grows in well developed lowland, upland and mountain rain forest. May also occur in New Guinea fide Henderson (1997).

Natural History

This species has horticultural values and has been planted in gardens as it produces bunches of decorative tubular or bell-shaped flowers.

NEQ

X

Vine

X

RFK Code

2673