Clematis leptophylla (F.Muell.) H.Eichler

Fl. Australia 2: 460 (2007)

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Dioecious, woody climber or trailer, ascending to c. 5 m high. Leaves opposite; adult leaves usually triternate (with 18–36 leaflets); petioles often twining or twisting; ultimate leaflets linear to obovate, finally glabrous; margins often 3-lobed; terminal leaflet 0.5–1.5(–2.5) cm long, 1–3 mm wide. Flowers in short axillary or terminal panicles. Sepals white to pale yellow, oblong to narrowly ovate, c. 1–2 cm long, glabrous on upper surface, pubescent below; male flowers with anthers 0.5–1 mm long with no terminal appendage; female flowers usually with a few staminodes. Achenes flattened, ovate, 4–5 mm long, glabrous, margins thickened and warty; awn plumose, 3–5 cm long. Flowers Jun.–Aug. 

Brid, CVU, EGU, GipP, HNF, HSF, MonT, NIS, SnM, VAlp, VVP. Occasionally in drier, usually rocky, forest and woodland communities in the east (e.g. upper catchments of the Tambo, Mitchell, Snowy and Genoa rivers, Corryong area), occasionally ascending to the alps (e.g. at Snowy Bluff north of Licola).

This species is closely related to C. microphylla and C. decipiens, and was previously regarded as a variety of the former.

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1996). Ranunculaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne (as Clematis microphylla var. leptophylla F.Muell. ex Benth.).
Updated by: Andre Messina, 2015-02-02
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Ranunculanae
order Ranunculales
family Ranunculaceae
genus Clematis
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Clematis leptophylla in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Clematis leptophylla in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

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