Oriental Clematis
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Oriental Clematis
P Native Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Oriental Clematis
Botanical name: Clematis orientalis    Family: Ranunculaceae (Buttercup family)
Synonyms: Clematis orientalis var. tenuifolia

Oriental Clematis is a woody climber with long, slender, velvet-hairy branches. Flowers are yellow, sometimes tinged with purple-brown. Sepals are 1.3-1.8 cm long, lanceshaped to elliptic, sparsely velvet-hairy to nearly hairless outside. Flowers are borne in 3- to many-flowered clusters, very occasionally the uppermost flower-cluster-stalks carrying a single flower only. Flower-cluster-stalks are 2-6-7 cm long. Leaves are loosely pinnate or bi-pinnate. Leaflets are linear-lanceshaped, at least twice as long as broad, 1.5-4 x 0.3-0.6 cm, entire or with 1-2 short lobes on either side towards the base, or with several sawtoothed teeth, tip and lobes pointed, hairless above and beneath. Oriental Clematis is found in Western Himalayas, from E Afghanistan, N Pakistan to Kashmir and Ladakh, at altitudes of 2000-4000 m. Flowering: July-August.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed near Pangong lake, Ladakh.

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