Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition
Pandorea pandorana (Andrews) Steenis
Steenis, C.G.G.J. van (1928) Bulletin du Jardin Botanique de Buitenzorg Series 3 10: 198.
Spearwood; Vine, Wonga; Vine, Wonga Wonga; Wonga Vine; Wonga Wonga Vine
Vine stem diameters to 8 cm recorded. Blaze very finely layered. Dead bark stringy, layered, showing growth rings in transverse section.
Inflorescence up to 22 cm long. Flowers sweetly scented. Calyx tube about 3 mm long, lobes about 1 mm long. Corolla about 28 mm long and about 20 mm diam. at anthesis, inner surface clothed in glandular scales and hairs. Stamens 4, in 2 pairs, with the anthers of each pair touching. Anthers about 2-3 mm long, filaments about 9-10 mm long in one pair and about 12-13 mm long in the other pair. Ovary about 4 mm long. Style about 11-12 mm long. Stigmas about 2 mm long, fused at the base to form a funnel. Ovules numerous in each locule.
Capsules +/- cylindrical and slightly flattened before dehiscence, about 6-12 x 2-2.5 x 1.5 cm. Seeds numerous, conspicuously winged, seed + wing about 10-14 x 15-24 mm. Embryo about 4.5-9 mm diam. Cotyledons orbicular, lobed or deeply notched at the apex. Radicle about 0.8 mm long.
Seed germination time 20 days. Cotyledons about 9 x 11 mm, i.e. wider than long, +/- 2-lobed with a comparatively deep sinus about 4 mm deep at the apex. First pair of true leaves trifoliolate or pinnate, the middle or terminal leaflet much larger than the lateral leaflets. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf pinnate with 5-7 leaflets, terminal leaflet larger then the lateral leaflets; most leaflet margins with a few coarse teeth or lobes. Compound leaf rhachis and compound leaf petiole both narrowly winged.
This species has horticultural value because it produces large clusters of flowers. There are a number of colour forms ranging from white to yellow and brown.