Clematis decipiens H.Eichler ex Jeanes APNI*
Description: Dioecious, woody climber, to 5 m high.
Leaves flammuliform (leaf cleft into five primary divisions, which are then divided further into 3), usually with 12–15 leaflets; leaflets narrow-ovate to lanceolate, entire or deeply 3-sect, terminal leaflet 12–45 mm long, 1.5–11 mm wide, mucronate to emarginate, glabrescent.
Flowers in axillary and terminal dichasial panicles. Sepals linear-lanceolate, 2–3 cm long, pale green to creamy white, pubescent below with tomentose margins, glabrous above. Stamens 1.5–5 mm long; filaments glabrous, white; anthers elliptic to ovate, 0.5–1 mm long, without appendage; staminodes present.
Achenes compressed-ovoid, 4–5 mm long, c. 2.5 mm wide, light brown, glabrous or with short, sparse hairs, margin corky; awn 1.5–3.5 cm long.
Flowering: Flowers July to October.
Distribution and occurrence: Occurs in eastern New South Wales, southern and north-western Victoria, and also on the Bass Strait Island, Tasmania, the Flinders Ranges to the south-eastern corner of South Australia, and south-eastern Queensland, and the Macdonnell Range, Northern Territory,
Often grows in drier inland forests and woodlands, but also in wetter near-coastal forests.
NSW subdivisions: SC, NT, CT, NWP, NWS, CWS, SWS
previously included in Clematis microphylla sens. lat. in the Flora of New South Wales.
Text by Louisa Murray
Taxon concept: H.Eichler ex Jeanes, Flora of Australia 2: 461 (2007)
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