Clematis

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Woody climbers or perennial herbs. Leaves opposite, simple, ternate or pinnate; petioles usually tendril-like. Plants dioecious or flowers bisexual. Inflorescence a short panicle, or flowers solitary; peduncles often with a pair of narrow bracteoles near midway; sepals 4(–8) petal-like; petals absent; stamens numerous, staminodes sometimes present in both male and female flowers; carpels numerous, 1-ovulate; style persistent, often long and plumose. Achenes forming a globular head at maturity.

About 250 species of temperate regions; 8 species recognized for Australia, 1 naturalised (some taxa currently regarded below species level probably warrant recognition as species).

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.
 
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