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Description: Having already found this species within spitting distance of the sea in South Korea a couple of weeks earlier I was surprised to find this variety growing in the middle of a dark forest in southern Japan in the autumn of 2010 with Finlay Colley. Here it grew more as a scandent shrub with lax stems armed with scattered large flat spines, to 3m tall clothed with mostly tri-foliate, but occasionally up to 7-foliate leaves that looked evergreen, with the distinct feature of narrowly winged rachis (leaf axis). With axillary panicles of bright red rounded seed capsules splitting to reveal the single black glossy seed, the result of the yellow flowers born in May-June. Best grown in full sun to part shade, in a well draining soil.
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