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Clematis barbellata Edgew. in Trans. Linn. Soc. 20: 25. 1846; Hook. f. & Thomson in Fl. Brit. India 1: 3. 1872. C. napaulensis auct. non DC.; Royle, Illus. Bot. Himal. 51. 1834. C. barbellata var. obtusa Kitam. & Tamura in Fauna Fl. Nep. Himal. 127. 1955.

Large woody climbers; branches terete, glabrous or sparsely hairy. Leaves fascicled at nodes on short branchlets, in the axils of scales, 3-foliolate; leaflets ovate or ovate-lanceolate, lobed or not, usually at base of lateral leaflets, irregularly sharply serrate, usually glabrous on both surfaces. Flowers large, in axillary fascicles, dull purple; buds ovoid, acute; pedicels up to 10 cm long, elongating in fruits. Sepals 4, spreading, lanceolate, long-pointed at apex, more or less villous on both surfaces, purplish inside. Filaments broadly linear, fringed with long hairs; anthers densely bearded on back. Achenes broadly ovate, compressed, glabrous, with up to 5 cm long feathery tails.

Fl. Feb. - Aug.; Fr. June - Oct.

Distrib. India: Forests of N.W. Himalayas, 1500 - 3500 m. Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.

Pakistan and Nepal.

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