Rhynchosia acuminatissima (FABACEAE) Rhynchosia

Plants to Plant

Uncommon, hairy climber Rhynchosia acuminatissima is usually near rainforest. Trifoliolate leaves (three leaflets) tips drawn out to an acute point. 10 mm flowers spring to autumn. Distinctive blue seeds in split pods. Leaves and twigs may emit an unpleasant odour when crushed, the odour resembles that of cat’s urine.

Photo: Robert Whyte

Close-up Showing Stipules

Many of the Fabaceae are trifoliolate climbers. This Rynchosia came from a property on Mt Nebo Road.

Photo: Robert Whyte