Black-eyed Susan Vine

Black-eyed Susan vine on Saba. Photo credit Christian König: SHAPE/DCNAThe Black-eyed Susan vine (Thunbergia alata) is one of Saba’s most common plants and can be found all over the island, including along the trails of the Saba Terrestrial Park. Its beautiful flower, which is typically bright yellow with a dark center but can also be white and orange, is the national flower of Saba. The bright green leaves are either heart-shaped or arrow-shaped and are quite coarse and hairy. The vine can grow to a height of two meters and has many twining stems. It is a perennial, meaning that it lives for more than two years. The Black-eyed Susan originates from South Africa, and it is believed that is was introduced to the island by the Dutch when the island was colonised.


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