Clematis brachiata Thunb.

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Clematis brachiata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along path from Muqueche bridge to Namuli Peak, Sera de Gurué

Clematis brachiata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along path from Muqueche bridge to Namuli Peak, Sera de Gurué

Clematis brachiata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road no11 between Urema river and Chitengo, Gorongosa Nartional Park.

Clematis brachiata

Photo: David Gwynne-Evans
Slopes of Mt Mabu

Clematis brachiata

Photo: David Gwynne-Evans
Slopes of Mt Mabu

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Synonyms: Clematis thunbergii sensu Eyles
Clematis virona sensu Eyles
Clematis wrightiana sensu Eyles
Common names: Traveller's joy (English)
Status: Native
Woody climber. Leaves pinnate with 5-7 ovate leaflets; margins dentate-serrate, some larger giving the leaflet a lobed appearance. Inflorescences many-flowered, sweetly scented. Flowers creamy white. Fruits covered by conspicuous feathery remains of the styles. The masses of flowers, covering entire trees and shrubs form a spectacular display, which is continued by the display of the feathery styles on the fruits.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In woodland and wooded grassland.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Feb - May
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical and southern Africa.
Mozambique distribution: N,Z,MS,GI
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Friday 4 November 2016

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Flora of Botswana: Clematis brachiata
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Clematis brachiata
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Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Clematis brachiata., retrieved 24 January 2020

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