Scientific Name:
Wisteria sinensis (Sims) DC., Prodr. [A. P. de Candolle] 2, 390 (1825) – as W. Chinensis
  • Glycine sinensis Sims, Bot. Mag. 46: Pl. 2083 = next 2 pp (1819)
Vernacular Name(s):
Chinese wisteria; wisteria

Woody deciduous climber up to 30 m long;  twigs densely hairy when young, becoming ± glabrous.  Lvs densely hairy when young, becoming ± glabrous above when mature but usually remaining moderately clothed in appressed hairs below, petiolate;  leaflets elliptic to obovate, acuminate, entire, in (3)–4–6 opposite pairs, 30–80 mm long, stipellate; petiolules 2–4 mm long;  stipules inconspicuous.  Raceme with numerous fls;  pedicels c. 15–20 mm long.  Calyx densely clothed in fine hairs; calyx teeth ovate-triangular, < tube.  Corolla mauve to deep lilac, (15)–20–25–(28) mm long.  Pod tomentulose, few-seeded, (6)–10–15 cm long;  seeds smooth, brown, flattened, suborbicular.  

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


Flowering: Oct.–Feb.

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