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Family: Ranunculaceae

Citation: L., Sp. Pl. 543 (1753).

Derivation: Greek name of various climbing plants; Greek klematis, a shoot, tendril.

Synonymy: Not Applicable

Common name: Old marts beard, clematis.

Woody climbers or perennial herbs; leaves opposite, usually once or twice ternate or once or twice pinnate, rarely simple; petiolules often twining and acting as tendrils.

Flowers in dichasial panicles or solitary, regular, bisexual or plants dioecious; perianth-segments valvate, rarely imbricate, usually 4 (rarely to 8), petaloid; stamens and carpels numerous; sometimes with more or less petaloid staminodes grading into stamens.

Fruit a head of achenes, each with a persistent long and often plumose style.

Distribution:  About 300 species; cosmopolitan, especially of temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere; in Australia about 10 endemic species, 1 introduced.

Biology: No text

Key to Species:
1. Plants dioecious; most leaves biternate, with 9 leaflets
C. microphylla 1.
1. Flowers bisexual; most leaves imparipinnate, with 5 leaflets
C. vitalba 2.

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