Macfadyena A.DC.

Commemorating James MacFadyen (1798–1850) Scottish botanist and author of Flora Jamaica (1837).

Woody tendril climbers with swollen underground tubers. Leaves compound, composed of 2 leaflets and a terminal 3-branched tendril. Flower clusters axillary with 1-several flowers. Flowers with the membranous calyx irregular to spathe-like. Corolla more or less tubular. Capsule linear, flattened; seeds 2-winged. [Doxantha Miers]

Climbing plants grown for the spectacular coloured trumpet flowers and long seed pods.


Claw-like tendrils; flower lobes about half the length of the tube; spectacularly long fruit capsules containing papery seeds.

3-4 species from tropical America.

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Bignoniaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Lamiales
family       Bignoniaceae