Konkan Clematis
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Konkan Clematis
ative Photo: Dinesh Valke
Common name: Konkan Clematis, Konkan virgin's-bower, Sweetvetch Clematis • Gujarati: મોરવેલ Morvel • Konkani: बेंद्रीची वेल Bendrichi Vel • Marathi: बेंद्रीची वेल Bendrichi Vel
Botanical name: Clematis hedysarifolia    Family: Ranunculaceae (Buttercup family)
Synonyms: Clematis naravelioides

Konkan Clematis is a somewhat woody, evergreen climber. Branches are roundish, thinly sprinkled with very fine soft hairs. Leaves are opposite, in pairs alternately perpendicular, with wide intervals between the pairs, with 3 leaflets. Common stalk is purplish, slightly hairy, an 1.5 inch long or more, sometimes (especilly in the leaves next the flowers) tendril-like. Leaflets are leathery, green, stalked, ovately oblong, entire, taper-pointed, 3-nerved. Flower panicles are arise in leaf axils and at the end of branches, pendulous, many-flowered, branchlets stiff, decussately opposite and wide apart. Flower stalks are slender, hairy, bearing two small opposite abortive buds below their middle. Flowers are white, furred on the outside, about 1.6 cm across. Petals are 4, ovally oblong, equal, blunt, cruciately rotate. Stamens are cream-coloured, upright, about 1/4 shorter than the petals, many, smooth. Filaments are compressedly threadlike, anthers of the same color, linearly oblong, upright with a short obtuse point and a flattish receptacle. Pistils are longer than the stamens, greenish.

Identification credit: Shrikant Ingalhalikar Photographed at Yeoor Hills, Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Maharashtra.

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