7914.000 Thunbergia Retz.

Description of the genus

Herbs, erect, creeping or climbing. Leaves opposite, sometimes cordate or hastate at base. Flowers axillary. Bracts 2, large, elliptic or ovate, enveloping the small calyx. Calyx usually of 10-18 linear teeth, rarely a small saucer-shaped body. Stamens 4, didynamous, 2-thecous; anthers opening by longitudinal slits. Retinacula 0. Ovary 2-locular, with 2 ovules in each loculus. Fruit a spherical beaked capsule. Distinguished by the large bracts, the calyx with its numerous lobes, the method of anther dehiscence and the beaked fruit.See Pseudocalyx for the differences with that genus.

Derivation of name: Named after Carl Peter Thunberg (1743-1828)

Worldwide: 90 species in the Old World tropics

Zambia: 22 taxa.

The larvae of the following species of insect eat species of this genus:
Filodes costivitralis (Window pearl)
Thunbergia alata

Links to taxa:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

SpeciesFZ divisionsProvincesContent
alata Bojer ex SimsB,N,W,C,ECb,Lp,N,E,C,WDescription, Image
bianoensis De Wild. & Ledoux WCb
ciliata De Wild. NN
crispa BurkillN,W,C,E,SCb,N,E,C,Lk,SDescription, Image
cycnium S.Moore WCb
gossweileri S.Moore B,W,CNw,Cb,W
graminifolia De Wild. N,W,C,ENw,N,Mc,C
huillensis S. MooreW,C,SNw,Cb,Lk,SDescription, Image
kirkiana T. AndersonN,W,C,ECb,N,E,C
lancifolia T. AndersonN,W,C,E,SNw,Cb,N,E,C,Lk,S,WDescription, Image
lathyroides Burkill N,W,CNw,N,Mc
oblongifolia Oliv.N,C,SLp,C,SDescription, Image
petersiana LindauNNDescription, Image
racemosa Vollesen NN
reticulata A. Rich.BLk,WDescription, Image
schimbensis S. MooreN,CMc,CDescription, Image
serpens Vollesen B,N,WNw,N,W
sp. A WNw
sp. B WNw
stellarioides Burkill NN
subcordatifolia De Wild. NN
vossiana De Wild. W,SNw,S

Other sources of information about Thunbergia:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Thunbergia
Flora of Caprivi: Thunbergia
Flora of Malawi: Thunbergia
Flora of Malawi: cultivated Thunbergia
Flora of Mozambique: Thunbergia
Flora of Zimbabwe: Thunbergia
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Thunbergia

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Thunbergia
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Thunbergia
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Thunbergia
Wikipedia: Thunbergia
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Thunbergia
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Thunbergia

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-23

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Genus page: Thunbergia.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1323, retrieved 9 February 2023

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