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Clematis graveolens Lindley in J. Hort. Soc. 1: 307. 1846; Hook. f. & Thomson in Fl. Brit. India 1: 4-5. 1872. C. parviflora auct. non Edgew.; Hook. f. & Thomson, Fl. Ind. 9. 1855.

Kash.: Hardand.

Slender extensive climbers, much branched, up to 3 - 4 m; stems slender, tough, glabrous or sparsely hairy. Leaves pinnately or ternately decompound; leaflets oblong, elliptic, lanceolate or narrowly ovate, dentate, incised or 3-lobed at base, 1 - 3 - 7 x 0.3 - 1.4 cm, glaucous-green, glabrous above, sparsely pubescent beneath; terminal leaflet longest. Inflorescences leafy, 3 - 7-flowered or flowers solitary and terminal on long peduncles, pubescent; bracts similar to leaves, often trifoliolate or unifoliolate; pediccls &lender, 1.5 - 10 cm long, sparsely pubescent to glabrous. Flowers 3 - 5 cm across, lemon yellow with purplish brown or purplish stamens, strongly scented. Sepals 4, emarginate,truncate or obtuse at apex, 11 - 18 x 5 - 10 mm, glabrous along inner margins hairy along outside margins, silky pubescent inside. Filaments linear,5 - 9 mm long, hairy throughout; anthers 2 - 3.5 mm long, glabrous. Achenes ovoid, hairy, with ca 4 cm long feathery tails.

Fl. June-Nov.; Fr. Sept.- Dec.

Distrib. India: W. Himalayas, open sunny places, edges of forests and roadsides, 1500 - 3000 m. Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh.

Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal and China.

Notes. A poisonous plant. The pubescent margins of sepals are knit together while the flowers are in bud.

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