Scientific Name:
Clematis cunninghamii Turcz.
  • Clematis parviflora A.Cunn., Ann. Nat. Hist. 4: 259 (1840) nom. illeg., non Clematis parviflora DC. 1823
  • = Clematis hillii Colenso, Trans. & Proc. New Zealand Inst. 31: 266 (1899)
Vernacular Name(s):
Akangākaukiore; Ngākau-kiore; Poko; Pokopoko; Pokopokonui-a-hura; Pōpokonui-a-hura

Evergreen woody climber. Lvs with fulvous hairs especially beneath, 3-foliolate, 3–8–(16) × 2–7–(16) cm; leaflets thin, ovate, acute to obtuse; margins entire to serrate, sometimes deeply lobed to dissected; petiole pilose, 2–5–(8) cm long. Fls unisexual, in axillary dichasial cymes. Bracts paired, united, inserted about middle of peduncle, with fulvous hairs. ♂ fls: sepals (5)–6–(8), imbricate, yellowish, glabrous above, hairy beneath, narrow-oblong to elliptic-oblong, 9–12–(22) × 2–5 mm; anthers 0.7–1 mm long; filaments glabrous. ♀ fls: sepals 5–8, imbricate, yellowish, glabrous above, hairy beneath, elliptic-ovate, 8–13–(15) × 2–3–(6) mm; staminodes few. Achenes hairy, (2)–3–4 mm long. Style 1.5–2.5–(3) cm long at fruiting.

[From: Webb et al. (1988) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 4.]

Indigenous (Endemic)

Flowering: Sep.–Nov.; Fruiting: Nov.–Jan.

Colenso, W. 1899: Phænogams: A description of a few more newly discovered indigenous plants; being a further contribution towards the making known the botany of New Zealand. Transactions and Proceedings of the New Zealand Institute 31: 266–281.
Cunningham, A. 1840: Florae insularum Novae Zelandiae precursor; or a specimen of the botany of the islands of New Zealand. Annals of Natural History 4: 256–262.
de Lange, P.J.; Rolfe, J.R.; Barkla J.W.; Courtney, S.P.; Champion, P.D.; Perrie, L.R.; Beadel, S.N.; Ford, K.A.; Breitwieser, I.; Schönberger, I.; Hindmarsh-Walls, R.; Heenan, P.B.; Ladley, K. 2018: Conservation status of New Zealand indigenous vascular plants, 2017. New Zealand Threat Classification Series. No. 22. [Not Threatened]
de Lange, P.J.; Rolfe, J.R.; Champion, P.D.; Courtney, S.P.; Heenan, P.B.; Barkla, J.W.; Cameron, E.K.; Norton, D.A.; Hitchmough, R.A. 2013: Conservation status of New Zealand indigenous vascular plants, 2012. New Zealand Threat Classification Series 3. Department of Conservation, Wellington. [Not Threatened]
Gardner, R.O. 1981: Clematis cunninghamii Turcz., the correct name for C. parviflora A. Cunn. New Zealand Journal of Botany 19: 327–327.