Thunbergia erecta (Benth.) T.Anderson , J. Proc. Linn. Soc., Bot. 7: 18 1864. (Syn: Meyenia erecta Benth.);
King’s Mantle, Bush clock-vine, bush thunbergia;

Thunbergia erecta (Benth.) T.Anderson
at Vaghbil, Thane on January 6, 2007


Acanthaceae Fortnight::Thunbergia erecta::NSJ-MAR-31 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (4)
Thunbergia erecta from a garden in Mumbai. 

wow what a lot of pastel colors
I wonder if these are variants developed in the last century?
and what garden in Mumbai has these all at the same time? please can you share the info?


ACANTHACEAE FORTNIGHT:: Thunbergia for id from Panipat:: NS MARCH 44/44 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (4)
This is a shrub from Panipat.. I hope this is also Thunbergia erecta.. please validate/suggest..


This garden shrub bears beautiful flowers, sharing the pics from a nursery in my vicinity..
Thunbergia erecta

am glad you got a chance to submit stuff and find them in your files

Here is the white variety of ” Thunbergia erecta?” .

Acanthaceae Fortnight : Thunbergia erecta : Lalbagh,Bangalore : 31MAR15 : AK-31 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (2)
Seen at Lalbagh, Bangalore on 28th July,2014.
Common names are Bush Clock Vine and King’s Mantle.

Attached are pictures of Thunbergia erecta captured at Mumbai in September 2012.
Requested to validate the ID.

It looks like in efi thread


Plant for ID-PC-26-24.08.2015 : 9 posts by 5 authors. Attachments (5)
Please identify the plant in the picture. The snaps were taken from Botanical Garden’s Green House in Warsaw.

Thunbergia species

Thumbergia species. Could be T.erecta.

Certainly Thunbergia but I am not sure of the species

yes, Thunbergia erecta (Benth.) Anders.

at Bijapur, Ibrahim Rouza monumet, on 8th Aug.,2009; at the lake Kalote Farm (Mumbai?)- Sept’09; in Butterfly Park, Bannarghatta, Bangalore-04-10-09;

Climber for ID-231009-RK-2 – indiantreepix | Google Groups
Ipomoea ID BK 2 – indiantreepix | Google Groups
for ID 120809ET 1 – indiantreepix | Google Groups

Acanthaceae Week: Thunbergia erecta from Morni, Haryana:
Thunbergia erecta (Benth.) T.Anderson, J. Proc. Linn. Soc., Bot. 7: 18 1864.
syn: Meyenia erecta Benth.
Erect or scandent shrub with ovate, entire up to 7 cm long leaves and solitary flowers with purplish-blue corolla and whitish tube.
Photographed from rest house adjacent to Tikkar tal lake, Morni Haryana
Common nanes: King’s-mantle; bush clock vine
Status of this plant also needs to be confirmed in light of 1999 paper mentioned in another thread, but treated as accepted name in Kew Plant List.


Acanthaceae week – Thunbergia erecta, King’s Mantle from Bengaluru:
Thunbergia erectaBush Clock Vine or King’s Mantle
Garden shrub Introduced
14 May 2011

Location- Place, Altitude, GPS-Pune
Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type-Garden
Plant Habit- Tree/ Shrub/ Climber/ Herb- Shrub/Tree i do not know
Height/Length- about 3-4 feet
Leaves Type/ Shape/ Size- green
Inflorescence Type/ Size-
Flowers Size/ Colour/ Calyx/ Bracts- deep blue bell shaped
Fruits Type/ Shape/ Size Seeds- Not seen

yes Thunbergia erecta, an shrub, commonly we see climbers in Genus Thunbergia.

I remember to have seen similar flowers in my childhood and we called them Blue bells and it was a climber Is it from the same Genus Thunbergia

yes, i guess you are talking about Thunbergia grandiflora


Flora of Panipat: Thunbergia erecta from Arya PG COllege Campus Panipat:
Thunbergia erecta
From Arya PG College Campus Panipat 

Just once suggestion. If you can close your eyes and sacrifice one flower you may please take a picture of longitudinal section of usually tubular flowers.
Thanks for sharing this and all your other recent pics.


Here are some more pics

Thunbergia erecta:
Attaching  d pics of Thunbergia erecta.
Common name- Bush Clock Vine
Plant Habit- Bush
Habitat- Planted
Date/Time- 17 th Sep 2011.
Location- Pune Zoological Park. It has been planted along the walkway in Pune Zoo.

Thunbergia erecta alba:
This Thunbergia erecta alba I photographed @ Pu La
Despande Garden (Japanese Garden) , Pune
Habit- Shrub
Habitat- Planted
Dated- 1st Oct 2011.

Thunbergia erecta cv. ‘Alba


garden flower ID :: 25-03-12 :: Hooghly (WB) SK-2:

Is this a member of Convolvulaceae family?

Species : UNKNOWN

Habit & Habitat : garden herb (undershrub ?), front yard

Date : 24/03/12, 10.45 a.m.

Place : Garalgacha (Hooghly), WB

Yes Thumbergia erecta… many in my neighborhood in south calcutta have it

The flower seems to be thumbergia erecta
but looking at your pictures carefully… it seems its a shrub.. all the examples I know are climbers… I wonder why the difference…
do the climbers upon stric pruning behave like shrubs for a while?
or is it different/ other than thumbergia erecta and I was too precipirtous in my diagnosis?


for indentification of a creaper:
Identification requested pls –
>location – Nagpur
>the planter says he bought it from Chennai long back some 7 years or.
>regret due to internet problem not able to furnish details properly
>Climber – Flower edge to edge petails 1.5″ & and the read protion ‘of the shape of a loudspeaker is approx 2.5″ long – Leaf size fitting in a rectangle of 2″ x 4″ )
regret not furnishing in the std format pls. thanx & regards 

I hope it is typical Thunbergia laurifolia.
We have been looking for it for a long tme
The flowers are, however, darker in colour.

If you follow the posting guidelines then I will tell you that this looks like Thunbergia erecta to me:P

Yes I think … is right. It may not be a creeper, an information which confused me partly.

Could this be Meyenia erecta/lobata ? It is a common garden shrub.

The correct name is Thunbergia erecta (Benth.) T.Anderson and I think Meyenia erecta would be a synonym.


Plant for ID : 23122012 : RV 1:
Please Id this plant…….it has been used as a hedge plant in Heritage Garden of Hiranandani Gardens, Mumbai……picture is taken on 11th Dec, in the morning.

Thunbergia erecta


Panipat 2013- Ornamental for id.. : Attachments (5). 3 posts by 2 authors.
Came across this shrub many times, never in flowers before, could capture this today (28.8.13) from a nursery.. please help to id..

Thunbergia erecta


FJ1 31102013 : Attachments (3). 3 posts by 3 authors.
Please ID this ornamental palnt found in the botanical garden in Suva, Fuji. Photo was taken in September 2013.
Could it be a species of Thunbergia?

Thunbergia erecta (Benth.) Anders.

Yes Thunbergia erecta



MNP, Apr 2014 :: Requesting ID of this plant :: 18JUL14 :: ARK-19 : 10 posts by 7 authors. Attachments (2).
Requesting to please ID this plant captured in MNP, Mumbai in Apr 2014.
Is this Thubergia erecta? The leaves looked a bit large though.

efi page on Thunbergia erecta   

Though this looks like Thunbergia erecta, there is an equal chance for Meyenia Hawtayneana, based on the number of calyx segments.
However, there is still a conflict between the identity of these two taxa, as the distinguishing character is just a hair line

The plant looked like Thunbergia erecta to me. But never knew about Meyenia Hawtayneana.

I have a plant at home which I till now I assumed to be Thunbergia erecta.
Reading .. comments I am eager to know how to differentiate between the two.
Waiting for the view of the experts.

The flower appear to be Thunbergia erecta not Meyenia hawtayneana as in this species the corolla tube is very long

Leaves distantly serrate = T. erecta (Benth.) T. Anderson
Leaves sessile cordate-elliptic or ovate-acute, entire = T. hawtayneana Wall. (M. hawtayneana Nees)
Similar to erecta but not having strong sinuate leaves = T. affinis S. Moore
Is it T. affinis S. Moore?

Thunbergia erecta

Attaching a couple of pics previously identified elsewhere as T. erecta. Attachments (2).
Please note the shape and size of the leaves. Are these T. erecta as well?

While T. erecta & T. affinis are shrub or rambling shrub T. hawtayneana is a vine, as per literature linked in my earlier mail.
With their sinuate leaves these later attached pics seem to be T. erecta, as earlier have been identified by … in my upload – efi thread.
The first/original photographs in this thread may also be T. erecta as identified by …, I am not sure, ref. KEW herbarium, eg. –


Thunbergia erecta : For Validation : Lalbagh,Bangalore : 110814 : AK-5 :  3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2).
An ornamental shrub seen at Lalbagh on 28/7/14
Kindly validate.

I think yes, for Thunbergia erecta


SHIBPUR IBG : sk-Oct-01 : Thunbergia sp. : 9 posts by 5 authors. Attachments (5).
This Thunbergia is from Shibpur Botanical Garden, photographed on 23/8/14

Thunbergia erecta

Thunbergia erecta

Thank you … The advantage of trying to oppose the highest ranks sometimes translates in finding the possible solution. Else I would have countered why it can’t be T. affinis S. Moore!

Thunbergia affinis S. Moore is not mentioned in the Checklist of Acanthaceae of India (Karthikeyan et al.2009, pp.61-62) nor it is listed in the Plants of Indian Botanic Garden (Chowdhery & Pandey 2007).

No problem …, T. affinis has much longer bracts and sepals.

Thunbergia erecta (Benth.) T.Anderson, J. Proc. Linn. Soc., Bot. 7: 18 1864.
syn: Meyenia erecta Benth.
Erect or scandent shrub with ovate, entire up to 7 cm long leaves and solitary flowers with purplish-blue corolla and whitish tube. Photographed from rest house adjacent to Tikkar tal lake, Morni Haryana
Common nanes: King’s-mantle; bush clock vine

Violet flower of Sri Lanka : 14 posts by 5 authors. 1 image.
I am trying to determine this flower without success! Can you help me?
Photo taken on 19/02/2018 in Maddeala-Matale District-SriLanka.
Thank you in advance for your help!

Image is not clear.

Sorry, this should be Thunbergia erecta, not Thunbergia alata.

Thank you very much, …
By the way I had identified Thunbergia alata and fragrans but I have not seen erecta!

Doubtful ID.  The leaves of T.erecta are quite different.

I do not know if the leaves of the photo are significant (maybe another plant!)
On this other view the leaves are more consistent. Photo taken on 19/02/2018 in Maddeala-Matale District-Sri Lanka Your opinion will be welcome!
1 image.

Thanks, … Can you show the sepals ?

We can see the sepals on the first photo of which I join an aggrandisement
Photo taken on 19/02/2018 in Maddeala-Matale District-Sri Lanka
1 image.

I think it must be Thunbergia erecta; the leaves in foreground could be of some other plant.

The leaves do not belong to the flower, it is some Tree’s. Like Thespesia populnea. Thunbergia erecta has a straggling habit so it is blooming amidst the tree’s foliage.

SK1569 15 Nov 2018 : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (7)- around 400 kb each.
Location:  Bandipur, Nepal 
Date: 06 October 2018
Elevation: 3500 ft.
Habit : Cultivated

Thunbergia erecta..nice pics..!!

Thunbergia erecta (Benth.) T.Anderson. Thank you …!

Thunbergia erecta (Benth.) T.Anderson : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)- 3 mb each.
Location : Sentosa , Singapore
Date : 18 October 2012
Altitude  131 m.
Habit : Cultivated


Thunbergia grandiflora : Attachments (1).  7 posts by 5 authors.

Flower of Thunbergia grandiflora
phtographed at Alibag
Camera:Sony DSC H 50

Why it’s so blueish compared to light blue at the following links for Thunbergia grandiflora?:

Yes I also thought that the colour appears more blue. Generally it is purple or violet in different shades or may be even complete white. A commonly planted climber which grows to a large extent and also to uncontrolled great heights.
An Acanthaceae family member!
Anyway it just looks awesome with good thick green foliage intermingled with bright flowers almost throughout the year.
Attaching my photograph (2) of white variety taken at IIT Madras guest house.

Links for Thunbergia erecta: (lot of pictures with some details),

i observe the same thing, many times flowers at one place have a bit diff. shade that at the other place. Is it perhaps the soil, that affects the color a bit? Afterall the soil contains diff. minerals at diff places. even the colour of the soil is diff at diff places.
What doe experts say?

Ecological factors play a major role in morphological features of the plants. They include edaphic (soil etc) and climatic factors

Perhaps this could be Thunbergia erecta? pl. check.

Attached are pictures of Thunbergia erecta captured in a cultivated garden in Mumbai in September 2012.
Requested to validate the ID.

efi page on Thunbergia erecta 

I do not know, there is other Thunbergia flowers of which look similar. I do not even know if it can only be Thunbergia.

Images by Sibdas Ghosh (Identified by Satish Pardeshi) (Inserted by J.M.Garg)

I.d. requested : Attachments (2). 9 posts by 6 authors.

A woody creeper, probably cultivated, grown wild– i.d. requested,
Pingla , Midnapore, WB.

This plant is discussed earlier and is in the efloraofindia database.

it is bushy shrub
Thunbergia erecta.
Commonly planted n gardens

Thunbergia battiscombei

I think this plant is not T erecta nor T battiscombie because in both the species the leaf morphology does not match with the plant in the provided picture. Thunbergia grandiflora has leaf morphology very similar to it, hence I will suggest this name.
please see in the link below the picture of T grandiflora.

The plant may be T. battiscombei and not T. grandiflora for three reasons: the leaves are not cordate at base, flowers are smaller in size and flowers have apurplish tinge.


Thunbergia erecta from Hoysala village, Bellur Rd, Hassan-GS23022022-4: 4 very high res. images.
Thunbergia erecta photographed from Hoysala village, Bellur Rd, Hassan, Karnataka, 26-9-2015.


Thunbergia laurifolia for validation: 2 high res. images.
Request for validation of cultivated plant Thunbergia laurifolia from Bilaspur. Photographed in February, 2022.

Thunbergia erecta (Benth.) T.Anderson !

It is T.erecta, a common cultivated plant here.

Please see the leaf shape which appears different from T. erecta.

Leaves also matching. Leaf shapes vary !

yes there is difference in leaf shape.

Leaves, long visible corolla tube (because bracts are are just 10-12 mm as against 3-3.5 cm in T. laurifolia) and more important mostly solitary flowers all identify it with T. erecta.


Thunbergia erecta (Benth.) T.Anderson: 4 very high res. images.

Location: Eden Project, Cornwall, UK
Altitude: 60m.
Date: 03 April 2022
Habit : Cultivated


Thunbergia erecta (Benth.) T.Anderson: 10 very high res. images.

Location: Bangalore, India 
Altitude: 900m.
Date: 08 August 2022
Habit : Cultivated

Yes … it is a common hedge plant in this part of Karnataka.


Swamy/New series/ID/93 – Thunbergia erecta: 4 images.
I am forwarding herewith the photographs of a shrub used as a fence. Photographed in Mysore during ‘Flower show October, 2022’. For me the palm is Thunbergia erecta. Please confirm the ID or suggest new ID.

Yes !

Yes, as per images at



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