Port St Johns Creeper
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Port St Johns Creeper
P Introduced Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Port St Johns Creeper, Pink trumpet vine, Zimbabwe creeper
Botanical name: Podranea ricasoliana    Family: Bignoniaceae (Jacaranda family)
Synonyms: Pandorea ricasoliana, Tecoma ricasoliana

Port St Johns creeper is a vigorous, woody, rambling, evergreen climber without tendrils, up to 10 m or more. Leaves imparipinnate with 3-5 pairs of leaflets. Leaflets narrowly ovate to ovate-lanceolate, 3.5-9 x 1.3-2.6 cm. Flowers are borne in few- to many-flowered panicles up to 40 cm long, sweet-scented. Flowers are pale pink or rose with darker red streaks inside, bell-shaped, 3.5-5 cm long, 2-3.5 cm wide at throat, narrowing abruptly to 3-5 mm wide at base; petals round, 1.3-2.8 cm long. Sepal-cup is bell-shaped, 0.7-1.5 cm long. Fruit is linear, 30-45 x ± 1.5 cm. Port St Johns Creeper is native to Southern Africa. Podranea brycei has been treated as a species different from this one, but none of the characteristics is really able to distinguish it clearly from Podranea ricasoliana.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Imphal, Manipur.

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