Akebia quinata Decne.

Five-leaf Akebia

Woody semi-deciduous rampant climber. Leaflets mostly 5, radiating from the centre, about 4-6 cm long, more or less obovate and with wavy margins and notched tips. Flowers unusual and distinctly vanilla (chocolate) scented. Male flowers with purple sepals less than 1 cm long, stamens 6-7. Female flowers with sepals more than 1 cm long; spring. Carpels 5-7. Fruit to 10 cm long, purple.

China, Japan, Korea

Leaves with 5 leaflets radiating from the centre; flowers dark coloured and vanilla scented.

A. trifoliata (Thunb.) Koidz., Three-leaf Akebia, from China and Japan, has leaves with mostly 3 leaflets and is occasionally available.

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.

Distribution map
kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Ranunculanae
order      Ranunculales
family       Lardizabalaceae
genus        Akebia Decne.