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, 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.


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

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.

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

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)

Common Name:Small-Leaved Clematis