Clematis vitalba var. vitalba

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Deciduous woody climber. Leaves opposite; adult leaves usually apparently pinnate, with (rarely 3) 5 or 7 leaflets; petioles often twining or twisting; leaflets ovate, 2–8 cm long, 1–4 cm wide, glabrous or new growth downy, hairs sometimes persisting about the main nerves; margins of adult leaves usually entire, juvenile leaves usually coarsely toothed. Flowers bisexual, in axillary or terminal panicles; sepals greenish-white, oblong-ovate, c. 1 cm long, densely pubescent on both surfaces; anthers c. 2 mm long with no terminal appendage. Achenes flattened, ovate, c. 4 mm long, pubescent; awn plumose, 2–3 cm long.

*GipP, *Gold, *HSF, *OtP, *VVP. Also naturalised SA, Tas. Native to southerm, western and central Europe. Noted as naturalised in the Dandenong Ranges between Belgrave and Monbulk, Merri Creek at Northcote, Eltham, and Castemaine Botanic Gardens.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2016-08-04
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2017-09-01
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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 vitalba var. vitalba in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Clematis vitalba var. vitalba in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised

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South Australia