Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Woody vine
Perennial

Non-native: east Asia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Uncommon

Look for it in 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:

Alabama Invasive Plant Council, 2012
Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2006
Kentucky Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2013
SC Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2014
Tennessee Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2009

 

LEAVES:
Pinnately compound (usually): 5 leaflets (usually)
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

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Clematis terniflora   FAMILY Ranunculaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Clematis terniflora   FAMILY Ranunculaceae

(?) VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 076-10-006:
Clematis dioscoreifolia   FAMILY Ranunculaceae

 

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


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image of Clematis terniflora

JK Marlow    jkm0308i_01

August    Alamance County    NC

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JK Marlow    jkm0308o_06

August    Alamance County    NC

Roadside

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Keith Bradley    kab_c_terniflora_1555

August    Lexington County    SC

Three Rivers Greenway

image of Clematis terniflora

Roxanna Martin    rlm81610_6

August    Spartanburg County    SC

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Roxanna Martin    rlm81910_148

August    Spartanburg County    SC

image of Clematis terniflora

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.

image of Clematis terniflora

JK Marlow    jkm100903_596

September    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

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

image of Clematis terniflora

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.

image of Clematis terniflora

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

image of Clematis terniflora

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

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

Month Unknown        

image of Clematis terniflora

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

Month Unknown        

image of Clematis terniflora

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

Month Unknown