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Genus Tecoma Family Bignoniaceae

Description: Shrubs or small trees, sometimes subscandent.

Leaves [simple] or imparipinnate, opposite or in whorls of 3, tendrils absent; leaflets toothed.

Inflorescences terminal racemes or more often raceme-like thyrses. Calyx cup-shaped, shallowly 5-lobed. Corolla yellow or orange to scarlet; tube funnel-shaped, ± straight or curved; lobes imbricate. Stamens 4, exserted from corolla tube.

Fruit an linear-oblong capsule; seeds winged all round.


Distribution and occurrence: World: c. 14 species, tropical America. Australia: 3 species (naturalised), Qld, N.S.W., Vic., S.A., W.A.

Text by A.L. Quirico, Flora of New South Wales Vol. 3: 538 (1992); updated April 2017
Taxon concept: Australian Plant Census (accessed May 2017)

 Key to the species 
1Leaves less than 8 cm long; flowers orange to scarletTecoma capensis
Leaves more than 8 cm long; flowers yellowTecoma stans

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