Java Clematis   
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Java Clematis
ative Photo: Dinesh Valke
Common name: Java Clematis, Gourian Clematis, Indian travelers's joy • Hindi: Belkum, Churanhar • Marathi: गोमेटी gometi, मोरवेल morvel • Telugu: పేడుతివ pedutivva • Kannada: telajadari, thalejadari • Bengali: Chagalboti • Oriya: Idiya • Konkani: shendvel • Sanskrit: मोरट morata • Nepali: जुंगॆ लहरा Junge lahara
Botanical name: Clematis javana    Family: Ranunculaceae (Buttercup family)
Synonyms: Clematis gouriana, Clematis indica, Clematis taiwaniana

Java Clematis is a large climber, capable of climbing up tall trees. Stems are brown and grooved. Oppositely arranged leaves are variable - they can be pinnate, 2-pinnate or 3-pinnate. Leaflets are oblong, lancelike, sharp tipped, toothed, and rounded at the base. Flowers, 1-1.5 cm across, are fragrant, greenish-white, appearing in branched panicles 15-25 cm long. The flowers have four sepals, which look like petals - real petals are absent. Mass of stamens spread out from the middle of the flower. Flowering: November-February.

Identification credit: Ajinkya Gadave Photographed at Thane, Maharashtra.

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