Cape honeysuckle

Tecoma capensis
Shrub
Opposite
Compound
Orange
Green
Common names 
Also known as: Cape honeysuckle, fire flower, flame vine, red tecoma , tecoma,
Family 
Bignoniaceae
Deciduous 
No
Flowering time 
Year Round
Native/Exotic 
Exotic
Origin 
Native to southern Africa (i.e. South Africa and Swaziland) and southern Mozambique.
Notifiable 
No
Council declaration 
SIL – Special Investigation List
Known distribution 

Widely naturalised in the coastal districts of eastern Australia (i.e. throughout eastern Queensland, in the coastal districts of central and northern New South Wales, and in eastern Victoria). Also naturalised on Norfolk Island and overseas in south-eastern USA (i.e. Florida).

Habitat 

ruderal/disturbed, urban areas

Habit 

Fast Growing woody perrenial vine/ shrub

Impact and control methods 

Various countries have identified Tecoma capensis in their invasive species plans; Anguilla, Australia and New Zealand. Specific actions have been identified to contain the species on the island of Rangitoto in Auckland, New Zealand (Wotherspoon & Wotherspoon, 2002). In Tanzania the species is found to have spread from unknown introduction around the Amani Botanical Gardens (Dawson et al, 2008). Evidence from this study and from studies in New Zealand (Healy, 1958) and Queensland, Australia (Queensland Herbarium, 2002) suggests that the species spreads and becomes naturalised from being planted as an ornamental within landscaped areas.

Stem and leaves 

 Leaves odd-pinnately compound, opposite, leaflets of five to nine, blades ovate to round, 1-4 cm long with toothed margins. It flowers continuously through the year; flowers several, borne in short terminal racemes or narrow panicles. Corolla of fused petals, funnel-shaped, curved, 4-6 cm long, two-lipped with five oblong spreading lobes, bright orange or scarlet. Fruit are narrow linear capsules 7-18 cm long, containing many winged seeds"

Flowers and fruits 

It flowers continuously through the year; flowers several, borne in short terminal racemes or narrow panicles. Corolla of fused petals, funnel-shaped, curved, 4-6 cm long, two-lipped with five oblong spreading lobes, bright orange or scarlet. Fruit are narrow linear capsules 7-18 cm long, containing many winged seeds"

Reproduction and dispersal 

Wind dispersed