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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Ranunculales
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May Jackson County NC
The three leaflets are coarsely toothed, per Newcomb's Wildflower Guide.
COMPARE leaves of Clematis species
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July Jackson County NC
3 ~ symmetrical leaflets (vs. 3-many irregular leaflets of C. viorna & crispa), per Weakley's Flora.
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August Greenville County SC
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Clematis is unique within the Ranunculaceae in having opposite leaves, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.
Richard and Teresa Ware rtw_clematis_virginiana
Both this & C. terniflora have 4 white oval spreading sepals about 1/2" long, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.
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Mostly dioecious, but with some perfect flowers (polygamo-dioecious), per Weakley's Flora.
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September Jackson County NC
Fruit a cluster of achenes with long curved feather-like tails (styles), per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.
COMPARE fruits that are an aggregate of achenes