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Thunbergia alata Bojer ex Sims
Family Acanthaceae
Common name: Black-eyed Susan

Thunbergia alata Bojer ex Sims APNI*

Description: Herbaceous perennial twiner.

Leaves ± ovate, 20–70 mm long, 10–45 mm wide, base hastate to sagittate, margins entire or toothed, both surfaces strigose; petiole 15–40 mm long.

Flowers solitary in axils; peduncles 30–60 mm long; bracteoles 12–15 mm long, fused along one margin. Calyx 12-lobed. Corolla orange or yellow, rarely white, usually with black centre; tube 15–25 mm long; lobes 10–15 mm long.

Capsule tomentose; with a globose seed-bearing base 5–7 mm long and beak 9–15 mm long; seeds c. 4 mm diam.

Photo W. Cherry

Flowering: all year.

Distribution and occurrence: Usually grows in moister positions, north from Casula; often cultivated, only occasionally naturalized as rarely sets seeds in non-tropical regions. Native of Afr.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *SC
Other Australian states: *Qld
AVH map***

Text by J. Everett
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)

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