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Clematis wightiana Wallich [Cat. no. 4674.1828, nom. nud.] ex Wight & Arn., Prodr. 2. 1834; Hook. f. & Thomson in Fl. Brit. India 1: 5. 1872.

Large woody climbers; branches up to 12-ribbed, covered by greyish or brownish hairs. Leaves pinnately 3 - 5 foliolate; leaflets oblong-ovate or elongate or orbicular, sometimes 3 - 5-lobed, irregularly dentate along margins, up to 8 cm long, softly brown silky villous on both sides; nerves thick, prominent beneath; petioles up to 12 cm long, more or less silky hairy. Inflorescence axillary, paniculate; bracts and bracteoles ovate to linear. Flowers 3 - 6 cm across, white or pale creamy or golden yellow. Sepals 4, ovate, spreading from base, somewhat ribbed, softly tomentose outside, glabrous inside. Filaments silky hairy along the middle; connective not prolonged beyond anther-thecae. Achenes ovate, compressed, densely silky hairy, with 3 - 5 cm long feathery tails.

Fl. Nov. - Mar.; Fr. Jan. - May.

Distrib. India: Subtropical evergreen forests of Western Ghats, 800 - 2000 m. Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

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