Common name: Golden Shower, Orange Trumpet Creeper, Flame Vine, Orange Trumpet Vine
Pyrostegia venusta (Ker Gawl.) Miers APNI*
Synonyms: Bignonia venusta Ker Gawl. APNI*
Description: Evergreen, woody climber with branchlets 6–8-ribbed, mostly ± glabrous.
Leaves opposite, 4–10 cm long often with terminal leaflet modified into a coiled 3-branched tendril 5–15 cm long; leaflets 2 (or 3), ovate to lanceolate or ovate-elliptic/oblong, mostly 3–9 cm long and 2–4.5 cm wide, ± glabrous, apex acuminate, margin entire; petiole 5–15 cm long, sparsely hairy; petiolules 5–15 mm long. There may be a combination of compound-bifoliate leaves (often with a tendril between folioles/leaflets) and trifoliate leaves; the 3-tipped tendrils often coiling but absent from many leaves.
Inflorescences dense, 8–15 cm long. Calyx 4–7 mm long, almost entire to shallowly lobed and minutely 5-dentate. Corolla usually 5–7 cm long, orange or reddish orange; tube ± curved, very narrow at base, broadening above; lobes 10–18 mm long, margin and often upper parts of outer and/or inner surfaces hairy.
Capsule linear, 20–30 cm long; but apparently not set in Australia.
Distribution and occurrence: commonly cultivated; occasionally naturalised in coastal districts. Native of Brazil & Paraguay.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC
Other Australian states: *Qld
Text by A.L. Quirico, Flora of New South Wales Vol. 3: 540 (1992); revised June 2017, P.G. Kodela
Taxon concept: Australian Plant Census (accessed May 2017)
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