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Clematis grata Wallich, Pl. Asiat. Rar.1: 83, t. 98. 1830; Hook. f. & Thomson in Fl. Brit. India 1: 3 - 4. 1872. C. cordata Royle, Illus. Bot. Himal. 51. 1834.

Large robust climbers; branches grooved, somewhat pubescent, climbing by means of twisted petioles. Leaves pinnately compound, (3-) 5 (-7)-foliolate; leaflets variable, generally ovate-lanceolate, often cordate at base, acute or sometimes 2- to 3-lobed, irregularly toothed along margins, subglabrous above, tomentose beneath. Inflorescrnce axillary or terminal, paniculate, few- to many-flowered, leafy. Flowers up to 2.5 cm across, creamy-white, scented. Sepals 4(-5), spreading horizontally or downwards, oblong-ovate, obtuse, petaloid, somewhat tomentose outside, giabrescent or puberulous inside. Stamens many; filaments linear, flat, glabrous; connectives hardly produced beyond anthers. Achenes in heads, ovate, compressed, densely hairy with up to 3.5 cm long feathery tails.

Fl. & Fr. April - Jan. (varies in different localities).

Distrib. India: Overtopping shrubs and low trees on open sunny localities between 800 - 2700 m in W. Himalayas. Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.

Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal and S. China.

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