Friday, January 10, 2014

Tecoma capensis - Cape Honeysuckle

Tecoma capensis (Cape Honeysuckle) is a scrambling shrub which may grow very tall, up to 10 feet in height. It is widely cultivated here as it is  easily  propagated. Propagation is through cuttings or the even easier way is by removing rooted suckers. Cape honeysuckle is a sun worshipper but can still thrive in semi-shade.


The compound leaves comprise elliptical leaflets with a ziz zag outline.

 
Tecoma capensis is an ornamental garden plant and commonly planted for its high visual appeal.  To keep this shrub neat and compact, it must be constantly pruned back to promote new growth and flowers.

 
It flowers all year round. The tubular flowers vary from red to deep orange
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Stamens protrude from the flowers ending in purple-red anthers,

 
Clusters are terminal. In the background is the yellow Tecoma Stans.



 Tecoma capensis is not only ornamental but is a magnet for birds and butterflies. Sunbirds are particularly attracted to its nectar and thus aid in its pollination.

 

 
It checked out the flowers in the cluster one by one.

Its curved long beak fits snugly into the tubular section of the flower.

When it was done with one cluster, it turned to another.

 
Here it is getting ready to take flight.

A single flower bud.


Some foamy bubbly stuff was deposited here. It didn't stay long as the heavy showers washed it off the next day



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