Clematis microphylla DC.

Small-leaved Clematis

Syst. Nat. 1: 147 (1817) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Dioecious, woody climber or trailer, ascending to c. 5 m high. Leaves opposite; adult leaves ternate to biternate (with 9 leaflets); petioles often twining or twisting; ultimate leaflets linear to ovate, 0.8–6 cm long, 0.3–1.2 mm wide, finally glabrous; margins entire or appearing toothed on incompletely divided leaves. 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 or rarely shortly hirsute, margins thickened and warty; awn plumose, 3–5 cm long. Flowers Jun.–Sep.

Brid, CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HSF, LoM, MuF, MuM, NIS, OtP, OtR, RobP, SnM, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Widespread and locally common in sandy or rocky soils along the coast and in drier inland sites mainly in western Victoria. .

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.
Updated by: Andre Messina, 2017-06-13
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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 microphylla in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Clematis microphylla in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory