Vandasina retusa (Fabaceae)

Vandasina retusa

A glorious vine when in full flower, this peaflower can be readily recognized even when not in flower by the retuse leaflet apex. It would certainly be worth trying to cultivate this wonderful native as an ornamental for trellises or on fences.

The common names of this vine are rather obscure. It is known as the Ru or the Kong-an.

Vandasina retusa
Closeup of peaflower

Vandasina retusa
The distinctive shape of the leaflets

Vandasina retusa
The stipels at the base of each leaflet.

About David Tng

I am David Tng, a hedonistic botanizer who pursues plants with a fervour. I chase the opportunity to delve into various aspects of the study of plants. I have spent untold hours staring at mosses and allied plants, taking picture of pollen, culturing orchids in clean cabinets, counting tree rings, monitoring plant flowering times, etc. I am currently engrossed in the study of plant ecology (a grand excuse to see 'anything I can). Sometimes I think of myself as a shadow taxonomist, a sentimental ecologist, and a spiritual environmentalist - but at the very root of it all, a "plant whisperer"!
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