A genus of 4-5 species of evergreen or deciduous vines. Leaves alternate, palmately compound, 3-5 leaflets. Flowers unisexual, male and female in the same pendulous cluster, larger female (pistilate) flowers at the base, they are without petals but rather have 3-4 petaloid sepals that are brown-violet. Fruit are fleshy, ovoid-oblong, purple or violet. Native to Japan, Korea, and China. The more readily available forms are A. quinata, A. trifoliata, and a hybrid of these two known as A. × pentaphylla
Akebia: Japanese name for the plants.
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