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Tecomanthe speciosa - Three Kings Tecomanthe

Bignonia family: Bignoniaceae

Tecomanthe speciosa is a large woody twining vine with opposite divided leaves that are shiny green and leathery. A genus of 5 species of tropical or subtropical forest vines.
An endemic species represented by only one specimen found on Great (Manawa) Island in Three Kings Islands in 1945.

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: woody vine

Arrangement of parts: asymmetric


Flower size: 20 mm diam. x 50 mm long

Leaf form: divided into 3-5 broad elliptic leaflets

Sepals: 5

Leaf size: leaves 10-20 cm, leaflets up to 5 cm

Petals: 5

Leaf arrangement: in opposite pairs along the stem

Sexuality: bisexual

Leaf attachment:

Stamens: 4

Leaf margin: smooth

Ovary: above petals

Leaf surface: hairless, glands

Fruit: dry pod