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Clianthus maximus - kaka beak

Pea family: Fabaceae

Clianthus maximus is a sprawling shrub with arching branches bearing fern-like leaves consisting of  15-30 pairs of dark green, glossy leaflets sparsely covered with hairs. A favourite garden plant with large orange to red pendant flowers. Found as isolated populations on the North Island.
An endemic genus with two species

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: bush up to 4 m

Arrangement of parts: asymmetric


Flower size: 50-60 mm diam x 30 mm long

Leaf form: divided into15-30 pairs of leaflets

Sepals: 5

Leaf size: up to 15 cm with 15—300 mm long leaflets

Petals: 5, red

Leaf arrangement: singly along stem

Sexuality: bisexual

Leaf attachment: stipules

Stamens: 10

Leaf margin: smooth

Ovary: above petals

Leaf surface: hairs

Fruit: dry