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by Gerri Reaves
Bengal clock vine’s (Thunbergia
grandiflora) showy lavender-blue
flowers give it several common
names, including sky flower and sky vine.
The flower shape inspires the name
The cultivar “Alba” has white rather
than bluish flowers.
As the name implies, this species
is a native of India. It is one of four
Thunbergias in Florida, all non-native.
This hardy spreading twining vine can
be erect or climbing, growing as much as
20 or 30 feet in a year. It is potentially
invasive, so be careful where you plant it. It
has escaped cultivation in Florida.
The numerous drooping clusters of
flowers on the dense foliage make it
superficially resemble a morning glory
vine. The bell-shaped white- or yellow-
throated flowers measure about three
inches across, thus the term Grandiflora,
Latin for large-flowered.
The opposite evergreen leaves are
heart-shaped and broad, the seed capsule
inconspicuous and beaked. Bengal clock
vine prefers full sun to partial shade, plenty
of moisture, and well-drained soil.
Like many aggressive cascading vines, it
works well on a trellis or fence, in planters,
or as a hanging plant. It flowers all year.
It has moderate drought tolerance, low
salt tolerance and is prone to nematodes
and iron deficiency. The leaves are used
medicinally in Malay culture.
If you’re set on having a blue- or
lavender-flowered vine in your landscape,
consider skyblue clustervine (Jacquemontia
pentanthos) instead. That native, also
called blue jacquemontia and Key West
morning-glory, is endangered in the state
and attracts many native pollinators and is
a nectar source for butterflies.
Sources: Betrock’s Florida Plant
Guide by Edward F. Gilman; Florida
Landscape Plants by John V. Watkins and
Thomas J. Sheehan; Florida, My Eden
by Frederic B. Stresau; Florida’s Fabulous
Flowers by Winston Williams; www.
floridata.com; www.ifas.ufl.edu; and www.
Plant Smart explores the diverse flora
of South Florida.
Bengal clock vine is a non-native
ornamental with invasive potential
photo by Gerri Reaves
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First Fishing Club
Meeting Of The
submitted by Charles Sobczak
On Tuesday, January 9, the
Sanibel Island Fishing Club
will be holding its monthly club
gathering. The meeting will be held
in the north room of The Community
House, located at 2173 Periwinkle
Way. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m.,
with a half hour meet-and-greet while
the featured speakers begin their
presentation at 7 p.m. There is no
admission charge and the angling public
is invited. Pizza and refreshments will
be available at a nominal charge.
This month’s featured speaker is
Capt. Jordon Delany of Pure Passion
Fishing Charters. Capt. Delany was
born and raised in Fort Myers and is on
the water nearly every day of the year.
He specializes in light tackle fishing for
snook, redfish, tarpon and trout. He
operates a 23-foot Aquasport equipped
with a full tower for spotting those
elusive tailing redfish. His presentation
will include a viewing of dozens of
photos of himself and his charters
holding up some of his prize catches
including tripletail, cobia, yellowtail and
the inshore fish he focuses on. Capt.
Delany will share tips and techniques
he uses to target these species and the
best tides and times to find them in our
local waters. For both inshore and near
shore anglers, this is a presentation you
will not want to miss. His presentation
will be followed by an open Q&A
session with club members.
The Sanibel Island Fishing Club
meets monthly through season and
sponsors several group outings
throughout the year as well as lending
support for various fishing related
charities and non-profit organizations
such as START, SCCF Marine Lab and
Sanibel Sea School. For information
on joining the club, contact Warren
Tiegen at 579-0354 or attend the next
meeting. To learn more about the club,
to view fishing photos or to explore
the fish recipe section, visit www.
Capt. Jordon Delany with a trophy-sized snook
Tract Bird Walk
The first bird walk of the season
with the Sanibel-Captiva Audubon
Society will be held on Saturday,
January 6 at The Bailey Tract. Island
Inn Road is closed due to mulch work
from Hurricane Irma. Participants
should use the Tarpon Bay Road
entrance. Free parking is available.
These bird walks are open to the
public and all levels of experience. A
$5 donation is appreciated. For more
information, visit www.san-capaudubon.
American kestrel photo by France Paulson
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