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Clianthus puniceus - kaka beak

Pea family: Fabaceae

Clianthus puniceus is a sprawling shrub with arching branches bearing fern-like leaves consisting of 15-20 pairs of dull green to grey-green leaflets sparsely covered with hairs. A favourite garden plant with large orange to red or entirely white, pendant flowers. Rare in nature.
An endemic species of the northern portion of the North Island.

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: bush up to 3 m

Arrangement of parts: asymmetric


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

Leaf form: divided into 15-20 pairs of leaflets

Sepals: 5

Leaf size: up to 15 cm with 150-250 mm long leaflets

Petals: 5, red or white

Leaf arrangement: singly along stem

Sexuality: bisexual

Leaf attachment: stipules

Stamens: 10

Leaf margin: smooth

Ovary: above petals

Leaf surface: hairs

Fruit: dry