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 crenate-dentate, some teeth 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: brachiata: from Latin, referring to the branches coming off at right angles
Habitat: In woodland and wooded grassland.
Altitude range: (metres) 500 - 1550 m
Flowering time:Feb - May
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical and southern Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Images last updated: Monday 1 January 2007

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Flora of Botswana: Clematis brachiata
Flora of Caprivi: Clematis brachiata
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Clematis brachiata
Flora of Malawi: Clematis brachiata
Flora of Mozambique: Clematis brachiata
Flora of Zambia: Clematis brachiata

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Clematis brachiata
African Plant Database: Clematis brachiata
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Clematis brachiata
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Clematis brachiata
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Clematis brachiata
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iNaturalist: Clematis brachiata
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Clematis brachiata
JSTOR Plant Science: Clematis brachiata
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Clematis brachiata
Plants of the World Online: Clematis brachiata
Tropicos: Clematis brachiata
Wikipedia: Clematis brachiata

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Clematis brachiata., retrieved 22 May 2024

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