Thunbergia mysorensis, commonly known as the Mysore trumpet vine or Indian clock vine, is a species of flowering vine in the family Acanthaceae. It is native to the Western Ghats of India, particularly in the state of Karnataka, where it is often seen climbing on trees or rocks.
The plant is known for its stunning and unique flowers, which are pendulous and trumpet-shaped, resembling a clock pendulum. The flowers are arranged in long, drooping racemes that can reach up to 90 cm (35 inches) in length, making it an impressive sight when in bloom. The flowers typically have a deep yellow color with maroon markings and a white throat, although there are also variations with all-yellow or all-maroon flowers.
Thunbergia mysorensis is a vigorous and fast-growing vine that can reach heights of up to 6 meters (20 feet) or more. It has twining stems with ovate to lanceolate leaves that are dark green and glossy. The leaves are arranged opposite to each other along the stem.
This vine is well-adapted to warm, tropical climates and is commonly grown as an ornamental plant in tropical and subtropical regions around the world. It is often used to cover arbors, trellises, or pergolas, or allowed to climb on trees or walls. In its native range, it is also used as a medicinal plant in traditional Ayurvedic medicine.
Thunbergia mysorensis is known to attract pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds with its showy flowers. It prefers well-drained, fertile soil and partial to full sunlight. Regular watering and occasional fertilization can promote healthy growth and abundant flowering.
Overall, Thunbergia mysorensis is a striking and exotic flowering vine that adds a splash of color and drama to any tropical or subtropical garden setting. Its unique flowers and vigorous growth make it a popular choice among gardeners looking for a distinctive and eye-catching plant.