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Family: Ranunculaceae
Clematis microphylla

Citation: DC., Reg. Veg. Syst. Nat. 1:147 (1817).

Synonymy: Clematis microphylla

Common name: Small-leaved clematis.

Woody climber; leaves usually biternate; leaflets lanceolate-oblong, oblong or broadly-ovate, 0.8-3 cm long, entire, obtuse, almost glabrous; plants dioecious.

Flowers in axillary and terminal panicles; perianth-segments usually 4, creamy-white, linear-lanceolate, 1.5-2.5 cm long, pubescent below, almost glabrous above; female flowers with 4 staminodes with long filaments and abortive anthers and many carpels in the centre, each with a long plumose style; male flowers with c. 20-30 stamens with shorter filaments and oblong anthers without a terminal appendage and no sign of rudimentary pistils; achenes light-brown, compressed, ovate, with a plumose style elongated to 2-4 cm.

image of FSA1_Clematis_mic.jpg Clematis microphylla twig, leaf and fruit.
Image source: fig 196a in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).

Published illustration: Cochrane et al. (1968) Flowers and plants of Victoria, fig. 210; Cunningham et al. (1982) Plants of western New South Wales, p. 308.

Distribution:  S.Aust.: FR, EP, NL, MU, YP, SL, KI, SE.   W.Aust.; Qld; N.S.W.; Vic.; Tas.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: July — Sept.

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