Clematis Vine
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Clematis brachiata

Clematis, Clematis brachiata, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

Photographed in a Nairobi neighborhood. December 2011.

Clematis vines grow on fences or up through shrubbery on wiry, twisting stems. Many cultivated species have large brilliant flowers whereas most wild versions have short white or greenish petals. The flower structure with numerous separate styles plus numerous stamens is easy to recognize. Flowers are fragrant. The vines become more conspicuous as the styles elongate and take on a glistening, feathery structure.

leaf of Clematis brachiata, photo © Michael Plagens

Ranunculaceae -- Buttercup Family

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Kenya Natural History

Copyright Michael J. Plagens, page created on 10 February 2012,
updated 16 July 2022.