clianthus

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clianthus

(klɪˈænθəs)
n
(Plants) any Australian or New Zealand plant of the leguminous genus Clianthus, with ornamental clusters of slender scarlet flowers. See also desert pea
[C19: New Latin, probably from Greek klei-, kleos glory + anthos flower]
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Noun1.clianthus - any of various shrubs or vines of the genus Clianthus having compound leaves and pea-like red flowers in drooping racemesclianthus - any of various shrubs or vines of the genus Clianthus having compound leaves and pea-like red flowers in drooping racemes
genus Clianthus - genus of semi-prostrate Australasian shrubs or vines
Clianthus formosus, Clianthus speciosus, desert pea, Sturt pea, Sturt's desert pea - sprawling shrubby perennial noted for its scarlet black-marked flowers; widely distributed in dry parts of Australia
Clianthus puniceus, parrot's beak, parrot's bill - evergreen shrub with scarlet to white clawlike or beaklike flowers; New Zealand
bush, shrub - a low woody perennial plant usually having several major stems
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The rare white variant of the red kakabeak (also known as ngutukaka in Maori or Clianthus), which grew on cliffs near Wairoa, on the east of the North Island, had not been seen in the wild since the 1950s, Barry said in a statement.
White kakabeak was thought to be extinct, but the chance discovery of some seeds taken from the Wairoa area has enabled Scion to revitalize it.
Red kakabeak is a popular garden plant, but is critically endangered in the wild due to threats such as possums, deer, goats and snails.