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infestation (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
climbing habit (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
habit in flower (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
thick woody older stem (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
ribbed younger stem (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
leaves usually have two leaflets and a three-branched tendril (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
hairy young growth with tendrils developing at the ends of the leaves (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
lower leaves sometimes have three leaflets (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
leaves occasionally lack tendrils and have only two leaflets (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
close-up of leaflet (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
tubular flowers with whitish outsides (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
close-up of flower showing five petal lobes and yellow throat (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
Pithecoctenium crucigerum (L.) A. H. Gentry
Bignonia crucigera L.
Brazilian white bellflower, monkey comb, monkey-comb, monkeycomb, monkey's comb, monkey's hairbrush, monkey's-comb
Native to southern Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean and tropical South America.
Locally naturalised in south-eastern Queensland.
Monkey's comb (Pithecoctenium crucigerum) is regarded as a minor environmental weed in south-eastern Queensland.
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