Dolichandra unguis-cati (L.) L.G. Lohmann

Cat's Claw Creeper

Nuevo. Cat. Fl. Vasc. Venezuela 273 (2008) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Sparingly established

Woody, glabrous climber. Leaves with terminal leaflet replaced by trifid tendril; tendril lobes 10–15 mm long; lateral leaflets ovate to oblong-elliptic, 2–7 cm long, 10–30 mm wide, margins entire to obscurely toothed; petiole 10–20 cm long. Calyx broadly campanulate, truncate or sinuately c. 3-lobed, without an apicule; corolla bilabiate, with upper two lobes reflexed and lower lobes pointing forward, yellow with orange lines in tube, 4–8 cm long; lobes to 20 mm long; anther included in corolla throat; stigma included in corolla throat. Capsule linear, 15–45 cm long, 8–12 mm wide; seed 20–40 mm long. Flowers spring.

*VVP. Also naturalised Qld, NSW. Native to southern U.S.A south to Argentina. A rare garden escape in the Melbourne suburb of Northcote.

A weed of national significance that has become a threat to riparian and rainforest communities in southern Queensland and northern New South Wales. The Tingid Bug Carvalhotingis visenda is being used as a biological control agent in these areas.

Created by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2016-09-01
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-01-12
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Lamiales
family Bignoniaceae
genus Dolichandra
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Dolichandra unguis-cati in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Dolichandra unguis-cati in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present introduced

State distribution

Distribution map
Northern Territory
New South Wales