Fl. Jap. 89 (1784) APNI
Climber or scrambler, often very dense, climbing c. 10 m high, evergreen or weakly deciduous; young stems pubescent. Leaves ovate to ovate-oblong, mostly 3–8 cm long and 1–4 cm wide, apex short-acuminate to obtuse, base obtuse, margins entire or lobed in juvenile phase, discolorous, surfaces virtually glabrous except for appressed hairs along veins and margins; petioles 3–10 mm long. Flowers in pairs in upper leaf-axils, fragrant; peduncle 5–50 mm long; outer bracts leafy, 5–20 mm long, green; inner bracts scale-like; sepals linear-triangular, 1.5–2.5 mm long, ciliate; corolla 20–30 mm long, 2-lipped, white, often purplish outside, turning yellowish. Ovaries hairless. Berry ovoid, 6–10 mm long, shiny black. Flowers mainly autumn and winter.
*CVU, *EGL, *EGU, *GipP, *Gold, *HNF, *HSF, *NIS, *OtP, *Strz, *VRiv, *VVP, *WaP. Also naturalised WA, SA, Qld, NSW, ACT, Tas. Native to eastern Asia. A much-cultivated ornamental that has become a serious weed, particularly in disturbed riparian habitats and moist, sheltered forests.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||naturalised|
|Central Victorian Uplands||present||naturalised|
|Northern Inland Slopes||present||naturalised|
|East Gippsland Lowlands||present||naturalised|
|East Gippsland Uplands||present||naturalised|
|New South Wales|
|Australian Capital Territory|