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Genus: Thunbergia

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Asterids > Euasterid I > Order: Lamiales > Family: Acanthaceae

About 100 species, native to Old World, mainly in the tropics. There are 19 species native to southern Africa, and seven cultivated species in the region. Named after Carl Thunberg who was an early botanical explorer to the the Cape. 

Species native to southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI) and Flora of Zimbabwe.

Thunbergia alata (Black-eyed Susan)

The native distribution of this climber is from the Eastern Cape (South Africa) through to East Africa and it is usually found growing on forest margins. It is a popular garden plant. See Flora of Zimbabwe.

Thunbergia amoena

 

Thunbergia annua

Recorded from Zimbabwe.

 

Thunbergia atriplicifolia (Natal Primrose)

isiphondo esincane [Zulu]

See KwaZulu-Natal Wildflowers by Elsa Pooley p. 306; See Wild Flowers of the Highveld by Braam van Wyk and Sasa Malan p. 34

 

Thunbergia aurea

 

Thunbergia crispa

Recorded from Zimbabwe. See Flora of Zimbabwe.

 

Thunbergia dregeana

Haarbossie [Afrikaans]; isiphondo [Zulu]

See KwaZulu-Natal Wildflowers by Elsa Pooley p. 306 and Flora of Zimbabwe.

 

Thunbergia huillensis

Recorded from Zimbabwe. See Flora of Zimbabwe.

 

Thunbergia lancifolia

Recorded from Zimbabwe. See Flora of Zimbabwe.

 

Thunbergia natalensis (Dwarf Thunbergia, Natal Blue Bell)

Dwergthunbergia [Afrikaans]; isiphondo esikhulu, unohlonishwayo [Zulu]

See KwaZulu-Natal Wildflowers by Elsa Pooley p. 488; Creative gardening with indigenous plants by Pitta Joffe p. 177 and Flora of Zimbabwe.

Link: Thunbergia natalensis (PlantzAfrica.com)

 

Thunbergia neglecta

See KwaZulu-Natal Wildflowers by Elsa Pooley p. 306; See Wild Flowers of the Highveld by Braam van Wyk and Sasa Malan p. 34

 

Thunbergia petersiana

Recorded from Zimbabwe. See Flora of Zimbabwe.

 

Thunbergia purpurata

 

Thunbergia reticulata

Recorded from Zimbabwe. See Flora of Zimbabwe.

 

Thunbergia schimbensis

Recorded from Zimbabwe. See Flora of Zimbabwe.

 

Thunbergia subalata

Recorded from Zimbabwe.

 

Thunbergia venosa

 

Other species, cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Thunbergia battiscombei

Native to tropical Africa.

 

Thunbergia erecta

Native to tropical Africa.

 

Thunbergia grandiflora (Bengal clock vine)

Native to India.

 

Thunbergia gregorii

Native to tropical Africa.

 

Thunbergia laurifolia

Native to Malaysia.

 

Thunbergia mellinocaulis

Native to tropical Africa.

 

Thunbergia mysorensis

Native to India.

 

Publications

  • Retief, E. & Reyneke, W.F. 1984. The genus Thunbergia in southern Africa. Bothalia 15, 1 & 2: 107-116.

  

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