Australian Native Plants

  Clematis microphylla (Small-Leaved Clematis)


Clematis microphylla photo
Clematis microphylla

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Description and Habitat information is sourced from: State of Victoria (Agriculture Victoria), Victorian Resources Online,http://vro.agriculture.vic.gov.au/dpi/vro/vrosite.nsf/pages/water_sip_scientific_a Licensed under Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 license.


Growth Characteristics information is sourced from: State Flora Catalog, Government of South Australia Licensed under Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 license.



PLANT FACTS

distribution map showing range of Clematis microphylla in Australia

Map is from The Atlas of Living Australia web site, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License


Common Name
Small-Leaved Clematis

Other Names
Old Man's Beard

Description
Clematis microphylla (Small-leaved Clematis) is a woody climbing shrub to about 3 m high, often found scrambling over other vegetation or rocky outcrops. Leaves continually divide into three leaflets with the terminal leaflet 6-50 mm long and from 1-15 mm wide; oblong to obovate in shape. Leaflet margins sometimes with one or two basal lobes but without teeth.
Male and female flowers develop on different plants. Flowers consist of four, oblong, creamy-white petal-like sepals (the whorl of bracts surrounding the petals) but no actual petals. Fruit is an achene with thickened margins and a long (2-4 cm) plumose (feather-like) awn or bristle.

Habitat
wide range of habitats, including coastal shrub-land, highlands , woodlands

Distribution
Small-Leaved Clematis is found in South Australia, south west Western Australia, Victoria., New South Wales, south east Queensland, Tasmania.,

Growth Characteristics
Height (m):
Spread (m): 2 - 4
Soil Texture: sand, loam, clay, limestone
Soil pH: acid soils, neutral soils, alkaliine soils
Frost Sensitivity: moderately sensitive
Minimum Rainfall (mm): 350
Flower Colour: white
Flower Season: winter, summer

(source: SA State Flora Catalog)

Classification
Class:Magnoliopsida
Order:Ranunculales
Family:Ranunculaceae
Genus:Clematis
Species:microphylla
Common Name:Small-Leaved Clematis