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Family: BIGNONIACEAE 

 Macfadyena unguis-cati
 

Photo from: GP Desert

  
Author:  Alwyn Howard Gentry 1973
Family:  Bignoniaceae
Habitat:  Mexico, West Indies and Argentina (Australia)
Soil:  Peat or Mix
Water:  Maximum
Sun:  Med-Max
Thickness:  3 centimetres
Height:  15 meters
Flower:  Yellow
Reproduction:  Seeds/Cuttings/Tubers
Pop names:  Cat's Claw Climber, - Creeper, - Trumpet, Funnel Creeper, Macfadyena, Uņa de Gato, Bejuco de Gato
Synonyms:  Bignonia unguis-cati, Carl Linaeus 1753. Microbignonia auristellae Kraenzl. Batocydia unguis Mart. ex DC. Doxantha unguis Miers. Doxantha praesignis Miers. Doxantha serrulata Miersand and lots of other names!

Photo from: University of Arizona Pima County Cooperative Extension

   This member of the Bignoniaceae family was originally described by Carl Linnaeus in 1753, and latest named by Alwyn Howard Gentry in 1973. It is found in Mexico from Mexico on, down to Argentina and the West Indies. It has later been spread to similar climates i.e. Australia. It prefers a well drained and rich soil, lots of water and some to lots of sun. The tubers will grow up to three centimetres in diameter, the vines can reach 15 meters or more. The flowers are bright yellow, and the plant can be reproduced both by seeds, cuttings and tubers.

Photo from: Agricultural Research and Advisory Station.