Akebia Decaisne

Akebia is a genus of five species native to eastern Asia (Christenhusz 2012). Two species and their hybrid are cultivated as ornamental climbers. At least one (Akebia quinata) is a reputed invasive weed in parts of the United States and New Zealand (e.g. Reese & al. 1998, Bargeron & al. 2008, Mabberley 2008, EPPO 2012; see also: http://www.salicicola.com/plants/invasive/reports/Akebia/page3.pdf; http://www.nps.gov/plants/alien/fact/akqu1.htm and numerous other internet references ) and has been recorded as an escape in Belgium.


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EPPO (2012) Akebia quinata (Lardizabalaceae): chocolate vine or fiveleaf. France: EPPO. [available online at: http://www.eppo.int/INVASIVE_PLANTS/observation_list/Akebia_quinata.htm]

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Reese A., Lyons R.E. & Swearingen J.M. (1998) Fiveleaf Akebia (Akebia quinata). Washington, DC: National Park Service, Plant Conservation Alliance, Alien Plant Working Group.

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Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith