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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Ranunculales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (4/24/22):
Clematis occidentalis var. occidentalis   FAMILY Ranunculaceae   Go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Clematis occidentalis var. occidentalis   FAMILY Ranunculaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Clematis occidentalis var. occidentalis

INCLUDED WITHIN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 076-10-009x:
Clematis verticillaris   FAMILY Ranunculaceae

INCLUDED WITHIN Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Atragene americana

 

COMMON NAME:
Mountain Clematis, Purple Clematis


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image of Clematis occidentalis var. occidentalis, Mountain Clematis, Purple Clematis

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_atam2_001_lvd

        

image of Clematis occidentalis var. occidentalis, Mountain Clematis, Purple Clematis

Bruce A. Sorrie    bas_c_occidentalis1

June    Park County    WY

image of Clematis occidentalis var. occidentalis, Mountain Clematis, Purple Clematis

Bruce A. Sorrie    bas_c_occidentalis1b

June    Park County    WY

These large, dull blue flowers are up to 2" and have thin-textured sepals, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (4/24/22):
Clematis occidentalis var. occidentalis   FAMILY Ranunculaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Clematis occidentalis var. occidentalis   FAMILY Ranunculaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Clematis occidentalis var. occidentalis

INCLUDED WITHIN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 076-10-009x:
Clematis verticillaris   FAMILY Ranunculaceae

INCLUDED WITHIN Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Atragene americana

 

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3209

Herbaceous vine
Perennial

Native to North Carolina

Rare

Habitat: Rocky slopes over mafic rocks (greenstone, amphibolite), known positively in NC only from amphibolite peaks in Ashe County, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Odd-pinnately compound: 3 leaflets
Opposite
Leaves have petioles.

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Dull blue-violet
Radially symmetrical
4 petaloid sepals
Petals absent
Numerous stamens
Superior ovary

Flowers solitary in leaf axils

FRUIT:
Brownish
Aggregate of achenes

 

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