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Clematis hedysarifolia DC., Syst. Nat. 1: 148. 1818 & Prodr. 1: 6. 1824, excl. cit. Bot. Reg. t. 599. 1822 (non O. Ktze, 1855); Hook. f. & Thomson in Fl. Brit. India 1: 4. 1872. C. naravelioides O. Ktze in Verb. Bot. Ver. Brandenb. 26: 119. 1855.

Mar.: Bandrichi.

Scandent woody shrubs; branches puberulous when young, later glabrous and about 12-ribbed. Leaves temately pinnate; petioles long, twisting; leaflets 3 - 5, subequal, ovate-lanceolate, cordate or rounded at base, entire or coarsely dentate, acute to acuminate at apex, 5 - 10 x 2 - 6 cm, coriaceous, glabrous on both sides, prominently veined. Inflorescences axillary, lower ones paniculate, higher ones 3-flowered with the topmost one single-flowered. Flowers 1.5 - 2 cm across, greenish yellow. Sepals 4, ovate-oblong, densely hairy outside, ultimately deflexed. Filaments flat, ligulate, glabrous; anthers lateral with prolonged connectives. Achenes ovoid or oblong, compressed, hairy, tubercled at margins, with up to 5 cm long feathery tails.

Fl. Sept. -Dec.; Fr. Oct. - April.

Distrib. India: Wet deciduous or semievergreen forests, 500-1500 m. Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa and Kamatalca.

Notes. See A.S. Rao (in Bull. Bot. Surv. India 6: 19 - 21. 1964) for discussion on identity and nomenclature of this species.

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