Scientific Name:
Dipogon lignosus (L.) Verdc.
Vernacular Name(s):
Dolichos pea; Mile a minute; mile-a-minute

Stem moderately hairy, particularly in upper parts, glabrous and woody toward base. Lvs ± glabrous or sparsely hairy; leaflets deltoid to ovate-deltoid, acute to acuminate, entire, 25–55 mm long; stipules ovate-triangular, usually reflexed, (2)–4–7 mm long; stipels lanceolate, 2–5 mm long. Infl. > lvs, c. 5–20-flowered, with many bracteoles; pedicels < fls. Calyx ± glabrous, but teeth ciliate; calyx teeth < tube, broadly ovate-triangular. Corolla white, or lavender and white, or pink to reddish purple, 10–15 mm long; keel curved through 90°. Pod glabrous, boat-shaped and slightly curved, 3–5-seeded, (25)–30–40–(45) mm long; seeds brown, oblong-ellipsoid, c. 4 mm long.

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


Flowering: Jul.–Jan.

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