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1. New Albums and some changes


The latest genera Albums added to the Operation Wildflower Site are the ones on Brunia, Quaqua and Paranomus. This means that photos and stories of plants belonging to these genera already on the Site have been moved from the more general Albums called Shrubs and Succulents into their own new Albums under Genera. 


There is a genus Album in every case where enough material has been accumulated to warrant a stand-alone grouping of photos and stories. There are now more than 170 such Albums on genera of South African plants. The biggest ones (most photos) belong to the genera Crassula, Euphorbia, Pelargonium and Aloe. Keep watching, more will be added! If there is no genus Album yet on the plant you are looking for, check under Types or the Search Box.


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Tecomaria capensis

Botanical name

Tecomaria capensis

Other names

Cape honeysuckle; Bignonia capensis; Tecoma; Kaapse kanferfoelie (Afrikaans)




Evergreen climbing shrub up to 4m and widely spreading

Description of stem

Many-branched smooth brown stems with conspicuous lenticels

Description of leaves

Imparipinnate with 2 to 5 pairs of shiny, smooth, undulating leaflets plus the terminal one

Description of flowers

Yellow (this form in cultivation only), orange and red tubular curved flowers appearing in terminal sprays; exserted style and stamens and copious quantities of nectar

Desciption of seed/fruit

Splitting flat capsule containing many papery winged seeds

Description of roots



Flower colour variations

Propagation and cultivation

Grows easily from seed or cuttings, may invade under favourable conditions




As a hedge or general garden plant

Ecological rarity


Pests and diseases



Recorded as a garden plant at Kew Gardens in the UK since 1823


Forest edges, bushy valleys, and wooded areas where the general tree height is low

Distribution (SA provinces)

Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Kwazulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, Limpopo


South Africa, Mozambique


Tecomaria capensis flowers; Photographed by  M Komen

Tecomaria capensis; Photographed by M Komen

Tecomaria capensis yellow flower; Photographed by Johannes Vogel

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