Little-Leaved Clematis – Clematis microphylla

Little-Leaved Clematis – Clematis microphylla
Family Ranunculaceae – (Buttercup & Crowfoot)
. A woody, climbing shrub to 10 feet, this hardy plant is native to all Australian States. Will climb a trellis or scramble rough terrain.
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Little-Leaved Clematis - Clematis microphylla

Little-leafed fruiting body, or achene
Height: to 10 feet. Flower size: 1-1/2 inches across / Flower color: pale white / Flowering time: June to October
Family Ranunculaceae (1700 species in ~60 genera) goes back in the fossil record to the early Cretaceous, ~145 mya, and contains the major genera Ranunculus, Delphinium, Thalictrum, Clematis, and Aconitum [1]. Plants in genus Clematis comprise about 300 species of woody, climbing vines or lianas. Leaves are opposite and divided into leaflets and leafstalks that twist and curl around supporting structures to anchor the plant as it climbs. Some species are shrubby, while others, like C. recta, are herbaceous perennial plants. The cool temperate species are deciduous, but many of the warmer climate species are evergreen. They grow best in cool, moist, well-drained soil in full sun [2].

Little-Leaved Clematis - Clematis microphylla

This lovely ornamental can become a pest and overrun other more desirable vegetation. A plant does not become entranched in all the Australian States by being a shrinking violet, so to speak.

Little-Leaved Clematis climbing trellis

This little-leaved clematis, grown from seed, is seven years old [3]

  1. Wikipedia, Ranunculaceae
  2. Wikipedia, Clematis
  3. Morton Arboretum accession photos © Bruce Marlin
Common  Flowers
A flower is the reproductive structure found in flowering plants (plants of the division Magnoliophyta, also called angiosperms). The flower contains the plant's reproductive organs, and its function is to produce seeds. After fertilization, portions of the flower develop into a fruit containing the seeds. 
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