Calystegia sepium subsp. roseata
Has been referred to in New Zealand as Calystegia sepium subsp. sepium - which does not occur in New Zealand at all.
Vascular – Native
Lianes & Related Trailing Plants - Dicotyledons
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2n = 22
Current conservation status
The threat classification status of all known New Zealand vascular plant taxa at the rank of species and below were reassessed in 2017 using the New Zealand Threat Classification System (NZTCS) – more information about this can be found on the NZTCS website This report includes a statistical summary and brief notes on changes since 2012 and replaces all previous NZTCS lists for vascular plants. Authors: By Peter J. de Lange, Jeremy R. Rolfe, John W. Barkla, Shannel P. Courtney, Paul D. Champion, Leon R. Perrie, Sarah M. Beadel, Kerry A. Ford, Ilse Breitwieser, Ines Schönberger, Rowan Hindmarsh-Walls, Peter B. Heenan and Kate Ladley. Please note, threat classifications are often suggested by authors when publications fall between NZTCS assessment periods – a suggested threat classification status has not been assessed by the NZTCS panel.
2017 | Not Threatened | Qualifiers: SO
Previous conservation statuses
2012 | Not Threatened
2009 | Not Threatened
2004 | Not Threatened
Indigenous. New Zealand, Three Kings, North, South, Stewart and Chatham Islands, Indigenous throughout the southern hemisphere
A weedy species of coastal and lowland successional habitats, which very rarely extends to montane forest. Often found along the margins of wetlands. Pink bindweed has also spread into urban areas where it can be very aggressive.
Wetland plant indicator status rating
Information derived from the revised national wetland plant list prepared to assist councils in delineating and monitoring wetlands (Clarkson et al., 2021 Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research Contract Report LC3975 for Hawke’s Bay Regional Council). The national plant list categorises plants by the extent to which they are found in wetlands and not ‘drylands’. The indicator status ratings are OBL (obligate wetland), FACW (facultative wetland), FAC (facultative), FACU (facultative upland), and UPL (obligate upland).
Commonly occurs as either a hydrophyte or non-hydrophyte (non-wetlands).
Summer-green, rhizomatous vine, all parts exuding white latex. Roots thickened, white. Stems glabrescent, purple, purple-red. Leaves membranous, dark to yellow-green 30-140(-170) x 25-90(-110) mm, usually narrowly triangular, sagittate, with or without tails, sinus deeply cleft to rounded. Flowers solitary; peduncles 30-120 mm long, glabrescent, ridged or narrowly winged. Bracts 12.5-30 x 10-15 mm, broad-ovate, base rounded or cordate, apex obtuse and mucronate, Sepals 120-150 mm, lanceolate-ovate. Corolla (30)-50(-70) mm long, limb 40-60 mm diam., pink to dark-pink with white mid-petaline bands. Stamens 20-25 mm long. Stle > stamens. Capsules papery, subglobose, c.10 mm diam. Seed triangular-ovoid, dark brown to almost black.
Calystegia silvatica Griseb. which differs by the broadly triangular-ovate, dark green leaves without sagittate tails, overlapping (imbricate) floral bracts, much larger white flowers, and wider corolla limb > (55-) 60 mm in diameter. The F1 hybrid between these two taxa have pale pink-white striped flowers
September - April (-June)
Capsules are water and possibly also wind dispersed (Thorsen et al., 2009).
Easy from seed, layered pieces and from the root stock. Very aggressive and weedy. Not suitable for cultivation
calystegia: Name is derived from the Greek words kalyx ‘cup’, and stege ‘a covering’, meaning ‘a covered cup’, the calyx of some bindweeds being enclosed in two bracts.
Calystegia sepium subsp. roseata was first collected from New Zealand by Banks & Solander in 1769 (see the original specimens by following the Te Papa link on the left hand side of the fact sheet). It should be regarded as indigenous (R. K. Brummitt pers. comm.). Confusion with C. sepium (L.) R.Br. subsp. sepium and its introduced status has arisen through its widespread hybridism with the introduced greater bind weed C. silvatica Griseb., and the apparent failure to recognise that hybrid in this country. Indeed most urban gatherings are of that hybrid. Calystegia sepium subsp. roseata and C. silvatica have very distinctive nrDNA ITS sequences from which the hybrid between them can easily be detected. There is not bona fide Calystegia sepium subsp. sepium in New Zealand (R. K. Brummitt pers. comm.). Calystegia sepium subsp. roseata also forms hybrids with C. tuguriorum, and, less commonly C. soldanella.
Fact sheet prepared for NZPCN by P.J. de Lange 1 November 2005. Description adapted from Allan (1961) and Webb et al. (1988), supplemented with observations made from fresh and dried material.
References and further reading
Allan, H.H. 1961: Flora of New Zealand. Vol. I. Wellington, Government Printer.
Thorsen, M. J.; Dickinson, K. J. M.; Seddon, P. J. 2009. Seed dispersal systems in the New Zealand flora. Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics 11: 285-309
Webb, C.J.; Sykes, W.R.; Garnock-Jones, P.J. 1988: Flora of New Zealand. Vol. IV. Naturalised Pteridophytes, Gymnosperms, Dicotyledons.Christchurch, New Zealand, Botany Division, D.S.I.R..
NZPCN Fact Sheet citation
Please cite as: de Lange, P.J. (Year at time of access): Calystegia sepium subsp. roseata Fact Sheet (content continuously updated). New Zealand Plant Conservation Network. https://www.nzpcn.org.nz/flora/species/calystegia-sepium-subsp-roseata/ (Date website was queried)