Clematis brachiata Thunb.

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Clematis brachiata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vumba Rd, nr Inn on the Vumba

Clematis brachiata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vumba Rd, nr Inn on the Vumba

Clematis brachiata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam, nr dam wall

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Synonyms: Clematis thunbergii sensu Eyles
Clematis virona sensu Eyles
Clematis wrightiana sensu Eyles
Common names: Chifemedza (Shona) Mokoka (Shona) Muridza (Shona) Traveller's joy (English) Umhlahlathi (Ndebele)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Woody climber. Leaves pinnate with 5-7 ovate leaflets; margins dentate-serrate, some larger giving the leaflet a lobed appearance. Inflorescences many-flowered, sweetly scented. Flowers creamy white. Fruits covered by conspicuous feathery remains of the styles. The masses of flowers, covering entire trees and shrubs form a spectacular display, which is continued by the display of the feathery styles on the fruits.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In woodland and wooded grassland.
Altitude range: (metres) 500 - 1550 m
Flowering time:Feb - May
Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Images last updated: Monday 1 January 2007

Bandeira, S., Bolnick, D. & Barbosa, F. (2007). Wild Flowers of Southern Mozambique Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique Pages 80 - 81. (Includes a picture).

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Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 236.

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 104. (Includes a picture).

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 100. (Includes a picture).

Plowes, D.C.H. & Drummond, R.B. (1990). Wild Flowers of Zimbabwe. Revised edition. Longman, Zimbabwe. No. 45, plates 67 & 68

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 95.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 156.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 222.


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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Clematis brachiata
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West African Plants database: Clematis brachiata

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Clematis brachiata., retrieved 30 May 2016

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