Bignoniaceae (weeds)

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Campsis radicans (click on image to enlarge it)
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Bignoniaceae - (trumpet-creeper family)

This family contains 800-900 species of shrubs, trees and woody vines. Some species are also herbs. Many have large and elongated (trumpet-like) flowers with five fused petals. Various species are grown as ornamentals, but a number of them are invasive and/or are regarded as agricultural weeds.

For example, the climbing catclaw vine (Dolichandra unguis-cati) is native to Central America, but invasive in several other regions like southern Africa or Australia. It can overgrow native vegetation. Campsis radicans (trumpet creeper) is another invasive vine native to eastern North America.

The following species are currently entered under this family: