Wisteria brachybotrys Siebold & Zucc.

Silky Wisteria

Woody climber. Leaflets 9-13, ovate to more or less oblong, silver-haired on both surfaces. Flowers to about 15 cm long, covered with downy hair. Flowers mostly white to pink. Fruit pod to about 20 cm long, velvet-hairy. Syn. W. venusta Rehder & E.H. Wils.

Valder (1995) states that this white Wisteria is that described as a new species, W. venusta, by Rehder and Wilson in 1916. It seems that they regarded the name W. brachybotrys as applying to a variant of W. floribunda. However, according to Valder, the illustrations given by Siebold and Zuccarini show the distinctive characters of W. brachybotrys, while their illustration of W. floribunda (as W. chinensis) shows differences in these important characters: thus the name W. brachybotrys should stand.


Leaves silvery-hairy on both surfaces.

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Fabaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 3. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 2. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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Wisteria brachybotrys 'Shiro Kapitan'

Twining anticlockwise. Leaflets 9-13. Flowers white, in clusters 20-35 cm long, appearing with the leaves. Standard 2-2.8 cm broad, yellow at the base at first.Wings and keel pure white, tinged with pink in summer. This is the original w. venusta of Rehder and Wilson. ['Alba']

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Rosanae
order      Fabales
family       Fabaceae
genus        Wisteria Nutt.