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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (4/24/22):
Clematis terniflora   FAMILY Ranunculaceae   NEW! Click to go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Clematis terniflora   FAMILY Ranunculaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Clematis terniflora

INCLUDING & INCLUDED WITHIN (MISAPPLIED) VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 076-10-006:
Clematis dioscoreifolia   FAMILY Ranunculaceae

(?) Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Clematis paniculata

 

COMMON NAME:
Sweet Autumn Clematis, Yam-leaved Clematis, Sweet Autumn Virgin's Bower, Japanese Virgin's-bower


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JK Marlow    jkm200411_3740

April    Greenville County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm0308i_01

August    Alamance County    NC

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Keith Bradley    kab_c_terniflora_1555

August    Lexington County    SC

Three Rivers Greenway

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Roxanna Martin    rlm81610_6

August    Spartanburg County    SC

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Roxanna Martin    rlm81910_148

August    Spartanburg County    SC

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_c_terniflora_13

August        

Both this & C. virginiana have 4 white oval spreading sepals about 1/2" long, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

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JK Marlow    jkm100903_596

September    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

Flowers numerous, in compound cymose-paniculate inflorescences, per Weakley's Flora.

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JK Marlow    s060901_a

September    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

With 3 to 5 entire leaflets, the terminal one long-stalked, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

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JK Marlow    jkm0511a_37

November    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

Fruit a cluster of achenes with long curved feather-like tails (styles), per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE fruits that are an aggregate of achenes

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JK Marlow    jkm101120_266

November    Greenville County    SC

Lake Conestee Nature Park

Similar to C. virginiana but with 3-5 thickened entire leaflets, per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE leaves of Clematis species

image of Clematis terniflora, Sweet Autumn Clematis, Yam-leaved Clematis, Sweet Autumn Virgin's Bower, Japanese Virgin's-bower

Leslie J. Mehrhoff, University of Connecticut, Bugwood.org     bug_5447370

Month Unknown        

image of Clematis terniflora, Sweet Autumn Clematis, Yam-leaved Clematis, Sweet Autumn Virgin's Bower, Japanese Virgin's-bower

Leslie J. Mehrhoff, University of Connecticut, Bugwood.org     bug_5447400

Month Unknown        

image of Clematis terniflora, Sweet Autumn Clematis, Yam-leaved Clematis, Sweet Autumn Virgin's Bower, Japanese Virgin's-bower

Leslie J. Mehrhoff, University of Connecticut, Bugwood.org     bug_5447405

Month Unknown        

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (4/24/22):
Clematis terniflora   FAMILY Ranunculaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Clematis terniflora   FAMILY Ranunculaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Clematis terniflora

INCLUDING & INCLUDED WITHIN (MISAPPLIED) VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 076-10-006:
Clematis dioscoreifolia   FAMILY Ranunculaceae

(?) Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Clematis paniculata

 

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Woody vine
Perennial

Non-native: east Asia (Japan, China, Korea)

Common in NC Piedmont, rare in GA Mtns, uncommon elsewhere in GA-NC-SC

Habitat: Disturbed areas, per Weakley's Flora

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INVASIVE

This plant is causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:

 

LEAVES:
Pinnately compound: 3-5 leaflets
Opposite

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
White
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
4 petaloid sepals
Petals absent
Numerous stamens
Superior ovary

Flowers in axillary clusters

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Brownish
Aggregate of achenes

 

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