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Tecoma capensis (cape honeysuckle)

Synonyms: Bignonia capensis; Ducoudraea capensis; Gelseminum capense; Gelsemium capense; Tecoma petersii; Tecomaria capensis; Tecomaria capensis var. flava; Tecomaria krebsii; Tecomaria petersii

Wikipedia Abstract

Tecoma capensis (common name Cape honeysuckle) is a species of flowering plant in the family Bignoniaceae, native to southern Africa. Despite its common name, it is not closely related to the true honeysuckle.
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Invasive Species

Tecoma capensis consists of two subspecies within its native range; Tecoma capensis subsp. capensis which is found in South Africa, Swaziland and Mozambique, and Tecoma capensis subsp. nyassae which is found in Tanzania, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola, Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique. It is not known which subspecies however is that which is becoming invasive worldwide. Various countries have identified the species in their invasive species plans; Anguilla, Australia and New Zealand, however it is only on the island of Rangitoto in Auckland, New Zealand, where specific actions have been identified to contain the species. In Tanzania the species is found to have spread from unknown introduction around the Amani Botanical Gardens. Evidence from this study and from studies in New Zealand and Queensland, Australia suggests that the species spreads and becomes naturalised from being planted as an ornamental within landscaped areas.
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Attributes

Allergen Potential [1]  Medium-Low
Leaf Type [2]  Evergreen
Lifespan [3]  Perennial
Structure [2]  Shrub

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Canaveral National Seashore II 9090 Florida, United States
Kruger National Park II 4718115 Mpumalanga, South Africa

Predators

Cinnyris rufipennis (Rufous-winged sunbird)[4]
Coccus viridis (green coffee scale)[5]
Crithagra gularis (Streaky-headed Seedeater)[4]
Howardia biclavis (mining scale)[5]
Maconellicoccus hirsutus (pink hibiscus mealybug)[5]
Manduca rustica (Rustic Sphinx)[6]
Nectarinia johnstoni (Scarlet-tufted Sunbird)[4]
Oligographa juniperi[6]
Pantherodes pardalaria[6]
Parlatoreopsis longispina (Asiatic pomegranate scale)[5]
Ploceus ocularis (Spectacled Weaver)[4]
Ploceus velatus (Southern Masked Weaver)[4]
Pseudoparlatoria parlatorioides (false parlatoria scale)[5]
Saissetia coffeae (brown scale)[5]
Striphnopteryx edulis[6]

Distribution

Caribbean; North America;

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Citations

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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
4del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.
5Ben-Dov, Y., Miller, D.R. & Gibson, G.A.P. ScaleNet 4 November 2009
6HOSTS - a Database of the World's Lepidopteran Hostplants Gaden S. Robinson, Phillip R. Ackery, Ian J. Kitching, George W. Beccaloni AND Luis M. Hernández
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