Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Thunbergia laurifolia Lindl.

Slender Vine
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Lindley, J. (1867) The Gardeners' Chronicle and Agricultural Gazette : 260. Type: T: unknown.

Common name

Laurel Clock Vine; Blue and White Trumpet Vine


Scrambling vine, glabrous, gland-dotted over stems, leaves and pedicels.


Leaves with unwinged, 2-5 cm long petioles, blade ovate, 13-19 x 5-9 cm, rounded at base, rarely cordate, 3-5 main veins, glabrous, apex acute.


Inflorescence a terminal raceme with 4 flowers per node. Pedicel 0.8-1.7 cm long. Bracteoles 2, fused along one side and part of the other, 2.8-3 cm long, may be mistaken for calyx. Calyx an entire ring, persistent in fruit. Corolla blue, tube 3-4 cm long, constricted at point of insertion of filaments. Stamens with very broad filaments; one pair of stamens with each anther cell 3-4 mm long, curved awn at base, the other pair with one anther cell long awned, other with short awn. Ovary glabrous, stigma cup-shaped, entire.


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Distribution and Ecology

Occurs in NEQ, CEQ and south to south-eastern Queensland. Altitudinal range from about 20 to 760 m. Usually grows in open forest but also found in monsoon forest and rain forest margins. Also occurs in New Guinea.

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