Dolichandra unguis-cati (L.) L.G.Lohmann, Nuevo Cat. Fl. Vasc. Venezuela 273 2008. (Syn. Batocydia exoleta Mart. ex DC. [Invalid]; Batocydia unguis Mart. ex DC. [Invalid]; Batocydia unguis-cati (L.) Mart. ex Britton; Bignonia acutistipula Schltdl.; Bignonia californica Brandegee; Bignonia catharinensis Schenck; Bignonia dasyonyx S.F.Blake; Bignonia exoleta Vell.; Bignonia gracilis Lodd.; Bignonia inflata Griseb.; Bignonia lanuginosa Hemsl.; Bignonia pseudounguis Desf.; Bignonia triantha DC.; Bignonia tweediana Lindl.Bignonia tweediana Griseb. ex Fabris; Bignonia unguis L.; Bignonia unguis Vell. [Illegitimate]; Bignonia unguis L. ex DC. ..; Bignonia unguis-cati L. ….; Bignonia vespertilia Barb.Rodr.; Dolichandra kohautiana C.Presl; Dolichandra unguis-cati (L.) L. Lohmann; Doxantha acutistipula (Schltdl.) Miers; Doxantha adunca Miers; Doxantha chelephora Miers [Invalid]; Doxantha dasyonyx (S.F.Blake) S.F.Blake; Doxantha exoleta (Vell.) Miers; Doxantha lanuginosa (Hemsl.) Miers [Invalid]; Doxantha mexicana Miers [Invalid]; Doxantha praesignis Miers [Invalid]; Doxantha radicans (DC.) Miers; Doxantha serrulata Miers [Invalid]; Doxantha tenuicula Miers [Invalid]; Doxantha torquata Miers [Invalid]; Doxantha tweediana (Lindl.) Miers; Doxantha unguis (L.) Miers .; Doxantha unguis-cati (L.) Miers; Doxantha unguis-cati (L.) Miers ex Rehder ..; Macfadyena unguis-cati (L.) A.H.Gentry; Microbignonia auristellae Kraenzl.; Spathodea kohautiana (C.Presl) Walp.); 
cat’s claw climber, cat’s-claw creeper, cat’s-claw vine, catclaw trumpet, catclaw creeper, Cat claw ivy, funnel creeper, macfadyena, yellow trumpet vine;





Bignoniaceae Climber for Id from Nahan: This climber with yellow flowers was shot from Renuka Ji lake in April 2011. Please help to identify..

This is Bignonia anguis-cati or Cat’s Paw. The terminal leaflet is modified into 3 fid tendrils which hold on to rough surface of the wall hence the name.

Bignonia anguis-cati, the tendrills are 3 pronged and they initially hold the support as if someone (a cat) is trying to hold a grip to climb somewhere…..anguis-cati literally means fingers or claws of a cat…

Small spelling correction Bignonia unguis-cati L. now correctly known as Dolichandra unguis-cati (L.) L.G.Lohmann


Bignoniaceae Week :: Dolichandra unguis-cati : Cat’s Claw : Lalbagh,Bangalore : 090113 : AK: Sharing pictures of Cat’s Claw, a climber seen by me in Lalbagh, Bangalore during visit in July,2012.

No pods, only yellow flowers seen.

Lalbagh is a place where I would like to spend more time finding new flowers & trees.


Bignoniaceace Week: 080113 SS1: Dolichandra Unguis-Cati from Trivandrum:

A few pictures of the Cat’s claw creeper, native to Tropical America.
Dolichandra unguis-cati (L.) L.G.Lohmann
Synonym : Macfadyena unguis-cati (L.)
Photographed on 21 April 2012 from the Napier Museum premises, Trivandrum city.
Has compound leaves and the third ‘leaflet’ has been modified into a small three-clawed tendril.
Sorry the photographs are not very clear. The flowers were high up, this all I could get.
Experts please validate the id.

Very good photographs …

new name for me,

do we know with some more common name?
looks familiar

It is only recently that I came to know the botanical name of this plant.

I am not aware of any other common name.

Bignonia unguis-cati is another synonym. 


Requesting to please ID this plant captured in the Ooty Botanical Gardens, Ooty in November 2013. Is it Adenocalymna comosum?

This seems to be Dolichandra unguis-cati.

Thank you …

It does look like Dolichandrone unguis-cati.

A cropped version of the tendrils in the second picture is attached…


Lalbagh, Bangalore 1st pic dtd 13/04/2014; 2nd pic dtd – 13/09/2009

ID. Please : 11 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1)

Here are some pics. Please help me to identify the climber. The picture was taken at Anand Loke, New Delhi.

Unable to see the details. Close up would have helped.

Just a guess after zooming the picture….. Dolichandra unguis-cati.

But as … rightly said, close up pictures would help.

Thanks …  Mailing more photos.

Thanks … It does look like my suggested id.

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SK724 25 AUG-2017:ID : 10 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (4)
Location: Kathandu, Nepal
Altitude: 4400 ft.

Date: 07 JUne 2017

Thunbergia or related genera?

Do you have any image showing the calyx?

Sorry, no more image. I shall try and let you know!

Pl  also check for Dolichandra unguis-cati (syn. Macfadyena unguis-catiBignonia unguis-cati)

Re: Yellow flower from Kalimpong : 4 posts by 3 authors. 2 images.
This climber with yellow flower is from Kalimpong.
Kindly identify

Dolichandra unguis-cati
Cat’s claw

SK1086 16 APR-2018 : 5 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (6)
Location:  Kathmandu, Nepal  
Date: 16 April 2018
Altitude: 4400 ft.
Habit: Cultivated

Pl. check Dolichandra unguis-cati

Cat’s claw

Yes …!


Submitted for validation : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1) – 3 mb.
Submitted photograph of a climber for validation from Mahe. Photographed in October, 2019. Is it Dolichandrone unguis-cati?

I think you are right.
The typical claws may not be seen in older leaves but you may find them on younger leaves.
The flowering season is actually March April at least in Maharashtra. Your flowers are in Oct. That is not matching

Thank you very much … In fact there was a single flower I saw in October which I photographed.


Flower for Id -ID11022021SH1: 3 images.

Flower for Id pl.
Location – Pune
Date – January 2021

Allamanda sp.?

Dolichandra unguis-cati

I too agree with …


SK 3910 12 December 2023: 5 very high res. images.

Location:  Jawalakhel
Date: 12 December 2023
Elevation : 1300m.
Habitat : Cultivated 

Try Bignoniaceae.

Appears close to, but pods appear to be different.

Yes … Pods look different. Maybe some other Bignoniaceae!

To me, it appears Dolichandra unguis-cati.

Yes, appears close to images at






The Plant List  GRIN  Flora of Pakistan  Annonated checklist of the flowering plants of Nepal  Flowers of India  Wikipedia  Arizona  Daves Garden  Macfadyena unguis-cati (PIER species info)

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