Vascular – Exotic
Lianes & Related Trailing Plants - Dicotyledons
The National Vegetation Survey (NVS) Databank is a physical archive and electronic databank containing records of over 94,000 vegetation survey plots - including data from over 19,000 permanent plots. NVS maintains a standard set of species code abbreviations that correspond to standard scientific plant names from the Ngä Tipu o Aotearoa - New Zealand Plants database.
Terrestrial. waste places and scrub near cultivated plants.
Deciduous woody climber that can reach up to 30 m in length. Twigs are densely hairy when young, becoming more or less glabrous. Leaves also hairy when young, hairy on undersurface when mature. Compound leaves comprising 8-12 leaflets to 80 mm long in opposite pairs. Inflorescence a large raceme comprising many mauve to deep lilac flowers. Pods rarely produced, 10-15 cm long, can flattened brown seed.
Wisteria is very familiar to gardeners. The deciduous foliage and long racemes of lilac pea-like flowers make it very distinctive. Wisteria floribunda is also cultivated - on this species the stems twine clockwise, stems twine anti-clockwise in W. sinensis. W. venusta is also very similar but the most common cultivar is white-flowered and the foliage is much darker when mature.
October, November, December, January, February
Mostly vegetative reproduction through layering and suckering. Seed set is recorded but rare. Dispersed by peoploe dumping garden waste.
Reason for introduction
The pods and seeds of this plant are poisonous.