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Cape Honeysuckle

Afrikaans name: Kaapse Kanferoelie

Cape Honeysuckle

Cape Honeysuckle

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Tecoma capensis

The Cape Honeysuckle is a popular plant amongst gardeners. It gets masses of orange fowers throughout the year. Cultivated varieties with yellow flowers have been developed.

This is a shrub that can grow to heights of 2.5 to 4 metres. It has rather an untidy, scraggly appearance.

The flowers attract bees, butterflies and various species of birds. Sunbirds in particular are drawn to the flowers. Some mammals browse on the plant at times.

In South Africa its distribution is along the eastern regions of the country from Port Elizabeth to Limpopo. It is normally found along or near forest edges.

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References and further reading

A Photographic Guide to Wild Flowers of South Africa - Author: Braam van Wyk - Year Published: 2000 - Page: 63

Garden Birds in South Africa - Author: Duncan Butchart - Year Published: 2017 - Page: 170

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southern Africa - 2nd edi - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 393

Sasol First Field Guide to Wild Flowers of Southern Africa - Author: John Manning - Year Published: 1999 - Page: 20

Sasol First Field Guide to Wild Flowers of Southern Africa - Author: John Manning - Year Published: 1999 - Page: 20

Trees of Southern Africa - 3rd edition - Author: Keith Coates Palgrave - Year Published: 2002 - Page: 1007


List of South African Plants

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