Common name: Bush Clock Vine, King's Mantle
Botanical name: Thunbergia erecta Family: Acanthaceae (Barleria family)
Synonyms: Meyenia erecta
King's Mantle is an
upright shrub growing up to 4 ft. The shoots are quadrangular and each angle
bears a narrow wing. Leaves are ovate-elliptic, and oppositely arranged.
Leaf margin is entire or wavy or occasionally with a broad triangular tooth
above the middle. Flowers occur in leaf axils, either singly or in pairs,
sitting on peduncles up to 1.5 inches long. Sepals cup is short, bowl shaped.
Flower tube is 1.5-2.5 inches long, slightly conical at the base, swelling
above, and distinctly curved. The flower tube flares open into five dark
purple, roundish petals, yellowish-white at the base.
It can be grown as a bush with
weeping branches or it can be trained like a vine. It is not always easy to
come by in the nursery. The flowers are absolutely wonderful and it flowers in
the colder season. King's Mantle is native to west Africa, but commonly
cultivated in India.
Identification credit: Navendu Pagé
|Photographed in Garden of Five