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.
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?
It is only recently that I came to know the botanical name of this plant.
I am not aware of any other common name.
Banglore-Ooty November 2013 :: Requesting ID of this plant :: 04122013 :: ARK-03 : Attachments (2). 4 posts by 3 authors.
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…
Cat’s Claw Creeper – Dolichandra unguis-cati – 180414 – RK – 3 : Attachments (2).
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.
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?
Pl. Try to check at
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-cati, Bignonia unguis-cati)
Thanks, …, for id.
I also think matches with images at
Re: Yellow flower from Kalimpong : 4 posts by 3 authors. 2 images.
This climber with yellow flower is from Kalimpong.
SK1086 16 APR-2018 : 5 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (6)
Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
Date: 16 April 2018
Altitude: 4400 ft.
Pl. check Dolichandra unguis-cati
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
Flower for Id pl.
Location – Pune
Date – January 2021
I too agree with …