Hanging-Bells Clematis
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Hanging-Bells Clematis
ative Photo: Krishan Lal
Common name: Hanging-Bells Clematis
Botanical name: Clematis roylei    Family: Ranunculaceae (Buttercup family)

Hanging-Bells Clematis is Himalayan vines with cream-colored drooping bell-shaped flowers, in leafy branched clusters. Petals are oblong with curled back tips, 1.8-2,5 cm, densely silky haired outside, hairless inside. Stamen filaments are hairy on the lower half. Leaves are compound with 2.5-7.5 cm long leaflets which are ovate-lanceshaped, irregularly toothed, either undivided or 3-5 lobed. Stems are slender and the branches are silky-haired. This vine is not easy to distinguish from Himalayan Clematis. Branches of Himalayan Clematis are hairless. Hanging-Bells Clematis is found in the Himalayas, from Himachal Pradesh to C. Nepal, at altitudes of 450-2200 m. Flowering: October-December.

Identification credit: Krishan Lal Photographed in Sirmaur Distt, Himachal Pradesh.

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