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Calystegia soldanella - shore bindweed, rauparaha

Morning-glory family: Convolvulaceae

Calystegia soldanella is a creeping and many-branched perennial herb. Leaves are undivided, kidney shaped, fleshy and glossy. Flowers are pink with white stripes to white. A species present in both the Southern and northern Hemisphere temperate areas.
Found throughout New Zealand on sand dunes and lake shores.

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: vine

Arrangement of parts: symmetric


Flower size: 20-40 mm diam.

Leaf form: undivided, kidney shaped

Sepals: 5

Leaf size: 5-10 cm

Petals: 5, white to pink

Leaf arrangement: singly along stem

Sexuality: bisexual

Leaf attachment:

Stamens: 5

Leaf margin: smooth

Ovary: above petals

Leaf surface: hairless

Fruit: dry