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An evergreen woody vine (Bignonia capreolata) native to the southeast United States, having showy reddish orange trumpet-shaped flowers and stems that show a cross shape when cut in cross-section. Also called cross vine.

[New Latin Bignonia, genus name, after Jean Paul Bignon (1662-1743), French royal librarian.]
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(Plants) any tropical American bignoniaceous climbing shrub of the genus Bignonia (or Doxantha), cultivated for their trumpet-shaped yellow or reddish flowers. See also cross vine
[C19: from New Latin, named after the Abbé Jean-Paul Bignon (1662–1743)]
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(bɪgˈnoʊ ni ə)

n., pl. -ni•as.
any chiefly tropical American climbing shrub of the genus Bignonia, cultivated for its showy, trumpet-shaped flowers.
[1690–1700; < New Latin, after AbbéBignon]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bignonia - one species: cross vineBignonia - one species: cross vine    
asterid dicot genus - genus of more or less advanced dicotyledonous herbs and some trees and shrubs
Bignoniaceae, family Bignoniaceae - trees or shrubs or woody vines or herbs having fruit resembling gourds or capsules; sometimes placed in the order Scrophulariales
Bignonia capreolata, cross vine, quartervine, quarter-vine, trumpet flower - woody flowering vine of southern United States; stems show a cross in transverse section
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The whole front of it was covered by a large scarlet bignonia and a native multiflora rose, which, entwisting and interlacing, left scarce a vestige of the rough logs to be seen.
BIGNONIACEAE (10/10) Amphilophium paniculatum*, Anemopaegma orbiculatum (T)*, Bignonia binata (T)*, B.
In 1819, in his introduction to the Plants of the Coast of Coromandel, Roxburgh describes a beautiful tree, Bignonia suberosa, which he states was brought to Madras from the "Rajah of Tanjore's garden; from thence one plant was procured for the Company's Botanic Gardens at Calcutta, about twelve years ago".
Bignonia convolvuloides is found in dry forest vegetation in Bolivia, Paraguay and Brazil [Bahia, Mato Grosso, Minas Gerais and Pernambuco] (Lohmann & Taylor, 2014).
384 Th Stilpnopappus tomentosus Gardner 380 Th x Trichogonia salviifolia Gardner 473 Th Tridax procumbens L 474 Th x Bignoniaceae Arrabidaea selloi (Spreng.) Ph Bignonia binata Thunb.