OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Clematis occidentalis var. occidentalis   FAMILY Ranunculaceae


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

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 (11/30/12):
Clematis occidentalis var. occidentalis   FAMILY Ranunculaceae

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

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

Documented growing wild in - NC -

Rare

Look for it on rocky slopes over mafic rocks (greenstone, amphibolite) (known positively in NC only from amphibolite peaks in Ashe County), per Weakley's Flora

map
Click here to see a more detailed map from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Herbarium,

or click here to see a map from SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.

 

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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