unguis-cati (L.) A.Gentry
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Places where this species can be found :
- Morne Gazo - GRENADA
Description2 leaflets per leaf, sometimes with 3-branched, claw-like tendrils. Lvs with scales, often black when dried. Stem cylindrical with many lenticels; pseudostipules in leaf axils; Small panicles 11-3 flowered. Corolla glabrous outside, yellow with orange-red lines in throat, 4-8 cm long; lobes 2-4cm, the upper two folded back slightly. Capslues 24-95 cm long x 1-1.5cm, scaly, linear, slightly woody, covered with dotlike scales. Glands between petioles.
Interestcommon and latin names are a reference to the hooked tendrils, a unique feature in the Bignoniaceae. Macfadyena unguis-cati A. Gentry (syns Doxantha unguis-cati Rehder, Bignonia unguis-cati L.) Cat's Claw Creeper A preparation from this species has been used to treat manchineel (Hippomane mancinella L., fam. Euphorbiaceae) dermatitis (Standley 1926, Lewis & Elvin-Lewis 1977). Lewis WH and Elvin-Lewis MPF (1977) Medical Botany. Plants affecting man's health. New York: John Wiley.
CollectorW.D. Hawthorne, D.Jules
LocationMt. Gazo forest reserve.
NotesClimber on stem of tree; complicated leaf/tendril arrangement.