Clematis decipiens H.Eichler ex J.Jeanes

Fl. Australia 2: 461 (2007) 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 biternate to triternate (with 12–15 leaflets); petioles often twining or twisting; ultimate leaflets ovate to lanceolate, glabresecent; margins entire or 3-lobed; terminal leaflet 1.2–4.5 cm long, 1.5–5 mm wide. Flowers in short axillary or terminal panicles. Sepals white to pale yellow, oblong to narrowly ovate, c. 2–3 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 shortly hirsute, margins thickened and warty; awn plumose, 3–5 mm long. Flowers July–Oct.

CVU, GipP, Glep, HSF, MonT, MuM, OtP, VVP, Wim. Mainly occurs in near-coastal forest in southern Victoria and drier forest around Melbourne, with isolated records in northern Victoria.

This species is somewhat intermediate between C. microphylla and C. leptophylla, the three species being principally distinguished by the number, size and shape of leaflets.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2015-02-02
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 decipiens in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Clematis decipiens in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native

State distribution

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Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales