With the possible exception of Kadsura japonica (magnolia vine), Kadsura is poorly known in cultivation. Evergreen twining lianas (woody climbers), they are closely related to Schisandra, a genus of mostly deciduous vining species from Asia (one species in the SE USA). Both genera produce unisexual flowers, usually on different plants, with the females exhibiting separate carpels spirally arranged on a conical torus (floral axis). Once fertilized, each carpel expands to become a spherical berry and the torus expands, elongating into a spike in Schisandra or becoming globose as in Kadsura.
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