Clematis glycinoides var. glycinoides

Forest Clematis

Medium to large climber, clambering to the forest canopy.

Additional information

  • FamilyRanunculaceae
  • StoreyMiddle storey
  • Size5-20 m high
  • Plant groupingClimbers & creepers
  • LeavesPairs of glossy thin leaves with 3-7 prominent nerves, margins entire, divided into 3 egg-shaped leaflets 3-6 cm x 1-2 cm. Juvenile leaves are not divided and can be purplish below. Stalks twist around other stems.
  • Flower colourCreamy white
  • Flowering timeAugust to November
  • FlowersMale & female flowers on separate plants (dioecious). Branched bunches of starry flowers 3-4 cm wide. Female flowers followed by feathery 'catherine wheel' seed heads, feathery tail 5-6 cm long.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist soil in cool, sheltered fern gullies. Semi shade to dappled shade, tolerating more sun towards the canopy.
  • Garden useAttractive climber for a fernery or other moist shady area.
  • Commercially availableUnlikely to be available within the Shire of Yarra Ranges
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from very few local sites. More common outside the Shire boundary.
  • Related speciesVery similar to Clematis aristata but leaves are not toothed and are thin and shiny. There are further botanical differences with the anthers.
Photographer/s: 1, 2 Marilyn Bull ©; 3 Kevin Sparrow NatureShare ©

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