Common Name: Wisteria
Description: Woody, twining climbers; deciduous.
Leaves compound, imparipinnate, usually with 9–13 leaflets; leaflets opposite. Stipules and stipels present, caducous.
Inflorescences terminal or axillary, racemose, spreading to pendulous. Calyx campanulate to tubular. Flowers usually lilac to purple, sometimes white; standard orbicular. Stamens diadelphous.
Fruit linear to lanceolate, usually with 1–3 seeds. Seeds large, lens-shaped; without an aril.
Distribution and occurrence: World: 4 species. Native to China, east Asia and North America. Widely cultivated as a garden plant and occasionally naturalised. Australia: 1 species naturalised.
Text by R.L. Barrett; Sept. 2019
|One species in NSW: Wisteria sinensis|