Alwyn Howard Gentry, 1973
Bahamas, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica,
Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French
Guiana, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Leeward
Islands, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto
Rico, Southwest Caribbean, Suriname, Trinidad-Tobago,
Uruguay, Venezuela, Venezuelan Antilles, Windward Islands
Cat's Claw Climber, - Creeper, - Trumpet, Funnel Creeper,
Macfadyena, Uña de Gato, Bejuco de Gato
Dolichandra unguis-cati, L.G.Lohmann, 2008.
Bignonia unguis-cati, Carl Linaeus, 1753.
lots of other names - see below...
This member of the Bignoniaceae
family was originally described by Carl Linnaeus in 1753, and later
named by Alwyn Howard Gentry in 1973. It is found in central and
southern America. It has later been spread to
similar climates i.e. Australia. It preferring 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.
The genera is named after James
Macfadyen, 19th century Scottish botanist in Jamaica. The species
name means 'cat's claw'.