Clematis aristata —Toothed Clematis, Old Man's Beard—RANUNCULACEAE

Clematis aristata

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Habitat—Widespread on the coast and ranges, in moist or sheltered sites, usually in forest.

Distribution—Tasmania, Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia.

Description—Vigorous woody climber to 6 m high.

Local occurrences

Australis Resort, Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Bennett Head, Boorganna Nature Reserve, Burgess Beach, Cape Hawke, Cliff Road, Karloo Street Reserve, Knappinghat Nature Reserve, Waitui Falls, Wallingat National Park and Zamia Place Reserve.

Leaves.—Opposite, compound, with three leaflets, mostly ternate (or simple on juvenile plants); simple leaves and leaflets ovate, usually 20 to 100 mm long, 10 to 45 mm wide, margins with few to many teeth or occasionally entire, if teeth numerous then spaced ± evenly around margin.

Clematis aristata
Clematis aristata

Inflorescence—Sepals white. Anthers 2 to 3.5 mm long; appendage 1 mm long, subulate (usually also detectable on staminodes of female flowers).

Flowering.—September to December.

Fruit— Mature achenes ellipsoid in side view, with an often pale but little-thickened margin.

Ripe.—January to March.

Clematis aristata