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Wonga Vine

Pandorea pandorana
Bignoniaceae
Wonga Vine
Very Common

This vine, outstanding in flower, can be identified by its opposite, compound leaves, each made up of 2-4 pairs of leaflets with very short stalks and a terminal leaflet. These leaflets have smooth edges and a pointed tip.

It is a vigorous, woody climber whose long branches hang down from trees and are particularly noticeable in spring, when they are covered with large, loose clusters of tubular flowers. These flowers are commonly white to cream, up to 2 cm long, with dark-red spots inside the throat.

The fruit is an elongate capsule (about 7 cm long), pointed at both ends. When ripe, in February to March, it splits in two to liberate many papery, winged seeds. The attractive Wonga Vine can be grown from cuttings, or very easily from seed, which germinates in 1-4weeks.

The leaves of the young vine have up to 8 pairs of small, toothed leaflets and are quite different from those of the adult. Around Robertson, the vines may lose all their leaves in winter.

Distribution: Flinders Is (Bass Strait), Vic, NSW to Nth Qld and NT.