Akebia Decne.

Latinised form of the Japanese name akebi.

Deciduous or evergreen climbers. Leaves with 3-5 leaflets. Flowers unisexual with both sexes in the same cluster, the male flowers are smaller and more numerous at the tip of the flower cluster. Sepals 3(4). Petals absent. Male flowers with 6-8 free stamens. Female flowers with 5-10 carpels. Fruit a fleshy follicle.

Seed, cuttings and division.

4 species from temperate E Asia.

Shimizu (1961), Spongberg & Burch (1979).

Source: Spencer, R. (1997). Lardizabalaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Ranunculanae
order      Ranunculales
family       Lardizabalaceae
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
species         Akebia quinata Decne.