Clematis terniflora DC.

  • Family: Ranunculaceae
  • Common name: sweet autumn virginsbower
  • Synonyms: C. maximowicziana, C. paniculata, C. dioscoreifolia

    Climbing or sprawling semi-woody vine. Stems glabrate to pubescent. Leaves usually pinnately compound. Leaflets usually 5, glabrous, membranous, ovate to elliptic, 2-8 cm (0.8-3.1 in) long and 1.5-5 cm (0.6-2 in) wide, apiculate or mucronate, petiolules elongated. Inflorescence axillary, cymose-paniculate, pedunculate. Sepals whitish, spreading, oblong to obovate, 6-15 mm (0.4-0.6 in) long, margins tomentose. Styles 1.5-3 cm (0.6-1.2 in) long.

    Distribution: Native to east Asia, but spreading from cultivation in the eastern U. S..
    Habitat: Disturbed areas, fencerows, roadsides, etc..
    NWI status: none
    Comment: Clematis is a name given by Dioscorides to some slender climbing plant; terniflora may refer to the secondary panicle-branches, which often have three flowers.

    Distribution in Oklahoma:

    Last update: 9/9/99
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