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Clematis montana Buch.-Ham. ex DC., Syst. Nat. 1: 164. 1817 & Prodr. 1: 9. 1824; Hook. f. & Thomson in Fl. Brit. India 1: 2. 1872.

Hindi: Chanti-ka-bel; Jain.: lanmai-thobawa; Jaun.: Kaunia-bali.

Robust woody climbers; branches tough, terete, glabrous. Leaves fascicled at the nodes on short branches, ternately 3-foliolate;.petioles 3.5 - 7.5 cm long; leaflets 3 or 1 - 4, variable; ovate, ovate-lanceolate or lanceolate, rounded at base, coarsely and distantly serrate or sometimes incised along margins, acute at apex, 1.5 - 7 x 1 - 3.5 cm, 3 - 5-nerved from base; tertiary nerves few, distant, indistinct, appressed hairy, especially beneath, more particularly on nerves or glabrescent; petiolules 3 - 8 mm long. Flowers 2 - 3 in axillary fascicles, sometimes reduced to one, on long pedicels, large, 4 - 8 cm across, showy, white, cream-yellow or purplish outside, scented; peduncles terete, 7 - 10 cm long, puberulous; pedicels 3 - 8 cm long, glabrous. Sepals 4, petaloid, widely spreading, valvate in bud, obovate or oblong-elliptic, obtuse, acute or narrowly acuminate, 1.5 - 2 x 0.7 - 1.25 cm, nerved, densely hairy or glabrous outside and softly tomentose along the border or hairy only near the tip, hairy or glabrous inside. Stamens many; filaments linear, glabrous; anthers yellow, introrse; connectives hardly projecting beyond anthers. Achenes in a cluster, ovate, obovate, compressed, acute at both ends, ca 5 x 4 mm, glabrous or sparsely hairy, with up to 4 cm long feathery cream-coloured tails.


1 a. Sepals glabrous inside 19.1.1. montana
b. Sepals hairy towards end or on inside 2
2a. Sepals obtuse or abruptly acute 19.2. praecox
b. Sepals narrowly acuminate 19.1.2. montana

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