Actinidia chinensis var. deliciosa A.Chev.

Rev. Bot. App. Agric. Trop. 21: 241 (1941)

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Sparingly established

Deciduous woody vine; stems pubescent. Leaves broadly ovate to broadly obovate or suborbicular, 6–17 cm long, 7–15 cm wide, papery, upper surface dark green, sparsely hairy, lower surface pale green, usually densely white or brownish tomentose with simple and stellate hairs; margins serrulate, ciliate; apex truncate, emarginate, rounded or shortly acuminate; petiole mostly 3–6 cm long, densely hispid-setose. Inflorescence a 1–many-flowered cyme. Sepals mostly 5, 1.2–1.5 cm long, brown tomentose; petals mostly 5, 1.5–3 cm long, white, turning orange-yellow; stamens numerous; ovary brown-tomentose, c. 5 mm diam.; styles 7–8 mm long. Fruit a thin-skinned, ellipsoid or oblong berry, 4–8 cm long, brown-tomentose; pulp green. Flowers spring.

Also ?NSW. Native to China, widely cultivated and commercially grown for its edible fruits. In Victoria, plants are known to occasionally escape cultivation, found in gullies and other wet areas, in the dense understorey of wet forest. Seeds are presumably spread by birds or other animals such as deer.

This variety is sometimes regarded as a distinct species, Actinidia deliciosa (A.Chev.) C.F.Liang & A.R.Ferguson.    

Created by: Andre Messina, 2015-09-22
Updated by: Andre Messina, 2017-06-22
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