Indian Clematis
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Indian Clematis
ative Photo: Dinesh Valke
Common name: Indian Clematis, Gourian Clematis, Indian travelers's joy • Assamese: জুই লহৰা jui lahara, জুই ফুল লতা jui phul lata • Gujarati: મોરવેલ morvel • Hindi: बेल कंगु bel kangu, चुरनहार churanhar, मरोड़फली marorphali, मूर्वा moorva • Kannada: ಬರೀಜ್ವರದ ಬಳ್ಳಿ Barijwarada balli, ತಲೆಜಡಾರಿ Talejadaari, ತಲೆಜಾದರಿ Thalejaadari ನೆಲಕುಮ Nelakuma • Konkani: शेंडवेल shendvel • Malayalam: നികിടക്കൊടി nikitakkoti • Marathi: मोरवेल morvel, शेंडवेल shendvel • Nepali: जुंगे लहरा junge lahara • Sanskrit: मोरटा morata, मूर्वा murva • Telugu: పేనుతీవ pedutiva • Tulu: ಜ್ವರತ್ತ ಬಳ್ಳು jwarattha ballu Source: Names of Plants in India
Botanical name: Clematis gouriana    Family: Ranunculaceae (Buttercup family)
Synonyms: Clematis indica, Clematis cana, Clematis simplicifolia, Clematis martini

Indian 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. Indian clematis is found in the Himalayas, Western Ghats, China and SE Asia, at altitudes of 100-1800 m. Flowering: November-February.

Identification credit: Ajinkya Gadave Photographed at Thane, Maharashtra.

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