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Dolichandra unguis-cati (claw vine; catclaw vine)

Synonyms: Batocydia exoleta; Batocydia unguis; Batocydia unguis-cati; Bignonia acutistipula; Bignonia californica; Bignonia catharinensis; Bignonia dasyonyx; Bignonia exoleta; Bignonia gracilis; Bignonia inflata; Bignonia lanuginosa; Bignonia pseudounguis; Bignonia triantha; Bignonia tweedieana; Bignonia unguis; Bignonia unguis var. gracilis; Bignonia unguis-cati; Bignonia unguis-cati var. exoleta; Bignonia unguis-cati var. guatemalensis; Bignonia unguis-cati var. radicans; Bignonia unguis-cati var. serrata; Bignonia vespertilia; Dolichandra kohautiana; Doxantha acutistipula; Doxantha adunca; Doxantha chelephora; Doxantha dasyonyx; Doxantha exoleta; Doxantha mexicana; Doxantha praesignis; Doxantha radicans; Doxantha serrulata; Doxantha tenuicula; Doxantha torquata; Doxantha tweedieana; Doxantha unguis var. microphylla; Doxantha unguis-cati; Doxantha unguis-cati var. dasyonyx; Doxantha unguis-cati var. exoleta; Doxantha unguis-cati var. microphylla; Macfadyena unguis-cati; Microbignonia auristellae

Wikipedia Abstract

Dolichandra unguis-cati, commonly known as cats claw creeper, funnel creeper, or cat's claw trumpet, is a rapidly growing climbing vine belonging to the family Bignoniaceae.
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Invasive Species

Macfadyena unguis-cati is a perennial, climbing liana found primarily in tropical forests. It is native to the Central and South Americas and the West Indies, but currently is represented on every continent except Antartica. It is an invasive species in much of its range and is said to be “one of the most destructive exotic vines”. Macfadyena unguis-cati effects all layers of infected forest ecosystems by rapidly spreading both vertically and horizontally across everything with which it makes contact, overwhelming both the understorey plants and the canopy trees. Macfadyena unguis-cati species becomes established quickly and is difficult to eliminate due to its rapid growth, extensive root system, and prolific seed production. Methods of manual, chemical, and biological control for Macfadyena unguis-cati are available.
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Allergen Potential [1]  Medium-Low
Leaf Type [2]  Evergreen
Lifespan [3]  Perennial
Structure [3]  Vine

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Carara National Park II 12983 Costa Rica  
Corcovado National Park 115845 Costa Rica  
Desecheo National Wildlife Refuge   Puerto Rico, United States
El Palmar National Park II   Entre Rios, Argentina  
El Rey National Park II 110298 Salta, Argentina
Everglades and Dry Tortugas Biosphere Reserve   Florida, United States  
Guanacaste National Park II 85819 Costa Rica  
Mburucuyá National Park II   Corrientes, Argentina  
Palo Verde National Park II 46190 Costa Rica  
Refugio de Vida Silvestre Reserva Karen Mogensen F. Nature Reserve 1866 Costa Rica  
RincĂłn de la Vieja National Park II 35068 Costa Rica  
Santa Rosa National Park II 95780 Costa Rica


Amazilia tobaci (Copper-rumped Hummingbird)[4]
Chlorostilbon notatus (blue-chinned sapphire)[4]
Florisuga mellivora (White-necked Jacobin)[4]
Phaethornis longuemareus (Little Hermit)[4]
Phenacoccus parvus[5]
Saguinus oedipus (cotton-top tamarin)[6]



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1Derived from Allergy-Free Gardening OPALS™, Thomas Leo Ogren (2000)
2Kattge, J. et al. (2011b) TRY - a global database of plant traits Global Change Biology 17:2905-2935
3USDA Plants Database, U. S. Department of Agriculture
4Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
5Ben-Dov, Y., Miller, D.R. & Gibson, G.A.P. ScaleNet 4 November 2009
6Proyecto TitĂ­
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