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Akebia quinata (Houtt.) Decne. in Ann. Sc. Nat. Ser. II. 12:107. 1839. Curtis, Bot. Mag. t. 4864. 1855; Bailey, l.c 24; Rehder, l.c 221.

Akebia quinata

Credit: Shaukat

  • Rajania quinata Houtt.

    A tall climber, climbing up to 6 m. or more, branched, glabrous. Leaves digitate, long stalked; leaflets 5, ovate, obovate to obovate-oblong or elliptic, 3-6 cm. long, emarginate at apex, glabrous, glaucous beneath. Racemes axillary monoecious. Flowers fragrant, females slightly larger and with longer pedicels than males. Female flowers purplish-brown, 2.5-3 cm. in diam. with broad elliptic sepals. Male flowers rosy-purple, much smaller. Fruit 6-10 (-12) cm. long, purple-violet, with glaucous bloom.

    Fl. Per. April-May.

    Type: Described from China.

    Distribution: Native of China, Japan and Korea etc.; cultivated elsewhere.

    A graceful vine with fragrant dark-coloured flowers in spring. The fruits are rarely produced in cultivation and are edible.

    A hybrid between this species and Akebia trifoliata (Thunb.) Koidz (with 3 leaflets only) is called Akebia pentaphylla (Mak.) Mak. (with 3-5 leaflets).


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