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Dolichandra Unguis-Cati, Cats Claw, Cats Claw creeper, Bignonia Yellow Creeper - Plant
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The name comes from the tripartite, hooked tendrils resembling an animal’s claws that enable the vine to adhere to tree bark and other surfaces. Cat’s claw has a strong and flexible, cylindrical stem that is brown in color with many lenticels. The stems produce adventitious roots to anchor them tightly to vertical surfaces. Cat’s claw may exceed 8 cm in stem diameter and extend more than 20 m into the crowns of trees. The plant grows and maintains few branches until the growing tip reaches increased light. The vine can be highly invasive, and is difficult to control. The compound leaves have two leaflets with the clawed tendril between them. The leaves are generally ovate to lanciolate in shape but quite variable in size. The 4.5 to 10 cm-long tubular flowers have five lobes and are bright yellow with red-orange lines in the throat. From them develops a long (up to 75 cm), narrow (1.0-1.5 cm), flattened capsule that produces brown flattened, winged seeds.
Fruit is a capsule initially glossy green in appearance but turning dark-brown as it matures, linear, flattened, strap-like, tapering at both ends, 15-50 cm long and 1-2 cm wide
|Scientifc name||Common names||Family name||Bloom period||Color of the flower|
|Dolichandra unguis-cati (L.)||cat\’s claw, cat\’s claw climber, cat’s claw creeper, cat\’s claw vine, catclaw creeper, catclaw trumpet, catclawvine, cat\’s-claw creeper, claw vine, funnel creeper, macfadyena, yellow trumpet vine||Bignoniaceae||
CARING & GROWING
Cat’s-claw vine gets its name from the 3-pronged claw-like climbing appendage. Cat’s-claw vine thrives in full sun or partial shade; and in a wide variety of soils. Cat’s-claw vine forms impenetrable tangles of wiry, twisted stems; all with the small, claw-bearing leaves, catching other plants,
|WATERING PROPERTIES||SOIL PROPERTIES||FERTILIZER||TEMPRATURE|
|Water thoroughly but allow soil to dry slightly between waterings||
Orchid bark mix
|Balanced fertilizer for every three months||20 to 28° C|