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Spathodea campanulata (African flame tree, Uganda flame tree) 

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Asterids > Euasterid I > Order: Lamiales > Family: Bignoniaceae

Native to forest margins and gorges in tropical Africa, including southern Africa (recorded from Zimbabwe). Widely grown in southern African gardens where there is no frost.


Spathodea campanulata in Company Gardens, Cape Town. [photo H. Robertson, Iziko ]


Acherontia atropos

Lepidoptera > Sphingidae

The caterpillar eats the leaves of Spathodea campanulata (amongst quite a wide variety of host-plants).


Andriasa contraria

Lepidoptera > Sphingidae

The caterpillar eats the leaves.