Akebia

Akebia quinata

Akebia

Akebia

Legal Status: Unwanted Organism - BNZ
Status in New Zealand: Established
Organism: Land plants

Other Common names: Chocolate vine, Five-leaved akebia

Synonyms: Rajania quinata

Description

Akebia is a twining vine or ground cover, with leaves of five oval shaped leaflets (3 cm) which meet at a central juncture. It has chocolate-purple coloured flowers, which have an odour that is similar to chocolate or vanilla, and appear from August to October in New Zealand.

Impact

Akebia can form dense patches which outcompete and kill ground cover and shrubs/young trees. Birds can spread the seeds, but mostly this plant is spread by human activity.

What to do

Contact your regional council to determine the status of this species and the responsibility for control and/or advice on control.
Or visit Weedbusters (offsite link to www.weedbusters.org.nz) for more information on control.

Page last updated: 14 March 2013