Clematis connata DC., Prodr. 1: 4 1824. (Syn: Clematis amplexicaulis Edgew.; Clematis buchananiana subsp. connata (DC.) Kuntze; Clematis gracilis Edgew.; Clematis velutina Edgew.) as per Catalogue of Life;
China (W-Sichuan, NW-Yunnan), S-Tibet, Jammu & Kashmir (Kashmir), India (Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Arunachal Pradesh), Sikkim, Nepal, Bhutan as per Catalogue of Life;
Himalayan Clematis;
Woody climber with pinnate leaves with 3-7 leaflets; petiole base connate, winged, petiole coiled; leaflets simple or lobed, serrate; flowers light yellowish to nearly white in up to 10 cm long panicle; sepals 4, erect with recurved tips, pubescent; achenes compressed with feathery silky tailed tip.

Location : Aloe, Near Manali, Himachal Pradesh.
Date : 8/1/2008
Very much looks like Clematis roylei.
I am not sure about the species. Compared it with “Concise Flowers of the Himalaya” by Polunin & Stainton (See 26 of plate 9), but leaves are not very clear in the picture there. However, I found very much similarities with that picture of Clematis roylei.
I searched the web, but not a single picture of Clematis roylei is available.
Would someone please confirm the identification?

This flower should be Clematis buchananiana, and not Clematis roylei. The flowers of this species are characterized by narrow oblong petals (technically sepals) which are widely spread. See the following links:
Clematis roylei has broader petals:
Another difference is in C. bachananiana, the leaflets are much larger than the flowers, as compared to C. roylei.

It is Clematis connata as per … as per discussions in another thread.


Clematis buchananiana?? en-route Niharni- GHNP – PKA11 : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (4).

This climber with creamish yellow coloured flowers was spotted en-route Niharni at GHNP (Altitude approx. 2000M).
Date/Time: 02-10-2014 / 08:45AM

Bot. name: Clematis buchananiana??
Family: Ranunculaceae

I think yes, because of hairy stems, distinct ribs on sepals and longer flowers.

Yes nice Clematis. Late bloomer.

It is Clematis connata as per … as per discussions in another thread.


ANNOV01 Clematis sp. for ID : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (7)

Jhari Pani, Mussoorie
1st November 2014

Clematis buchananiana.

It is Clematis connata as per … as per discussions in another thread.


Ranunculaceae Fortnight::Clematis buchananiana at GHNP : PKA-Jan-14 ::: : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (4)
Clematis buchananiana (Family: Ranunculaceae) from GHNP, Himachal Pradesh.


It is Clematis connata as per … as per discussions in another thread.

Flora of Chakrata: Clematis connata or buchananiana:  This climber was shot from Budher Caves Road Chakrata
I am little confused about its being Clematis connata or C. buchananiana
Acc. to my id more chances are C. connata as irregularly toothed leaf margins and fused leaf stalks.
pls validate

leaves pinnate, petioles fused at base, flowers urn shaped, in branched clusters, petals un-ribbed, filaments hairy, I agree with you on C. connata.

Awesome looking plant.
I will more appreciate the scientific approach to photography practised by  ….

We also have these species in Kalatope..
I hope I remember this lesson of taking pictorial documentation for identification of flowers.

Such level of scientific photography can really help people to ID plants much easily… … is silently setting example of good practise in the group.

Yes C. connata, connate leaf bases are very clear.

VoF Week :: Clematis connata along Govind Ghat – Ghangaria trail:
Clematis connata DC.(family: Ranunculaceae)

1 AUG 12
Govind Ghat – Ghangaria trailabout 9100 ft

Yes … During our visit also flowers were not much opened


VoF Week : Clematis connata;  Clematis connata of Ranunculaceae family
Climber shrub, clicked while trekking down from Ghanghariya to Govind Ghat on 16th August`12.

Was able to spot it just once.

Yes …, WE also got it once only while trekking down from Ghanghariya to Govind Ghat say around in first kilometre of walk after helipad.


VoF Week: Clematis connata from way to Ghangriya: Clematis connata from way to Ghangriya

Yes … Very good set of photographs, but I wished there was a close up connate petiole bases, a feature which differentiates it from C. buchananiana, besides flower colour.


VOF Week: Clematis connata from Gobind Ghat-Ghanghariya trek:  This one was shot from Gobind Dham-Gobind Ghat Trek on 16.8.12 during back journey, I hope this is Clematis connata (Ranunculaceae)…..

Yes … You got all right clicks.



VoF Week :: DV :: 04 AUG 12 – 0707 :: ¿ Clematis ? along Ghangaria – Govind Ghat trail:  4 AUG 12
Ghangaria – Govind Ghat trailabout 9500 ft

Habitat: mountain slope
Habit: climber. … insufficient photos … will be happy to know if it is Clematis.

Clematis connata

VOF Week 270812_DS_05: Is it the stem of Cobra Lily?
I could not locate this flower in nice form – got near beginning of the trek few small samples and expected to have bigger one on the way, but did not get any more- may be be I have missed.
Please identify this plant. If anyone has got a nice shot, please tell me.

Yes  … but petiole, and associated Clematis connata.



VoF Week :: Clematis connata along Govind Ghat – Ghangaria trail:
Clematis connata (Family: Ranunculaceae) along Govind Ghat – Ghangaria trail.

Nice Shots … This was quite common there

Yes … Bit common.


VoF Week: Clematis connata along Govind Ghat Ghangaria Trek: Clematis connata along Govind Ghat Ghangaria Trek


efloraofindia: For ID 271112SP17: Please help me to identify this flower.
Location – Chakrata.

Date: 10/10/2011
habitat : Wild

Fruiting Clematis connata.

Requesting to please ID this plant with white flowers captured at Almora, Uttarakhand in November 2012.

Unfortunately, this is the only pic I have, is this enough to ID?

Looks like any Clematis sp.

I think Clematis connata

Thank you … for the ID….

A small query, you too have posted this plant end of October 2013 on this site. The flowers look very different and beautiful…

Are these the fruits then or dried flowers?

Clematis connata from Uttarakhand: Oct. 2014_DSR_7 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1).

Clematis connata DC. (Ranunculaceae) is a frequent climber in temperate forests of Uttarakhand.

Photographed in Upper Nandakini Valley, Chamoli district, Uttarakhand.

Yes, very distinct connate leaf bases.

Creeper/ABOCT17 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2).

I noticed today that this creeper is in flower too. The buds that hang like bells look like white chillies from a distance. Please help with the ID.

Mcleodganj, Dharamshala, HP

16 October 2014

This should be Clematis connata..

Clematis connata/ABNOV12 : 1 post by 1 author.
This evening, on a walk with my son, I found these wispy flowery attachments on Clematis connata. I am assuming that the bell flowers open into these shapes after they have had their bloom.
Clematis connata
Dal Lake, Above Mcleodganj, Dharamshala, HP
1750m approx.

12 November 2014.


Clematis connata/ABDEC20 : 5 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (2)

I have been meaning to share with the group this cotton like attachments on Clematis vines. If I have not misidentified it, it is Clematis connata which I posted in flower/wisps some time ago (ABOCT17 and ABNOV12).

Clematis connata
Mcleodganj, Dharamshala, HP

07 December 2014

these are fruits of clematis.. many clematis have such wispy flying help for their seed dispersal..

lovely to behold when that happens..
real seed is that tiny brown thing at the end of the wisp.
may be you can pluck some and get close up of them ..
brown seeds on a white background and with wisps on a black background
would make you some lovely artsy pictures

if its the same vine
its fruits of clematis connata
i do not know if I can identify the flower from the fruits
some one else can …may be they will see this and reply.

Clematis connata

nice to know id could be derived thus from the wispy fruits


HP, Oct 2014 :: Requesting ID validation – Clematis (?) :: ARKJAN-02 : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (7)

Requesting to please validate ID of this tree captured near Manali, HP in October 2014.

Is this Clematis connata?

Yes it is Clematis connata

This trailing herb was recorded during VOF Trek, above Gobind Ghat.

Please confirm/correct the id, hopefully this is Clematis connata


Clematis connata (Family: Ranunculaceae) along Govind Ghat – Ghangaria trail.

Attached is a picture of the achene of Clematis connata captured at Almora, Uttarakhand in November 2012.

Earlier posted on the forum and identified.


Attached are pictures of Clematis connata captured at Dharamshala and Manali, HP in October 2014.


These pics were recorded from Chakrata.. I hope they belong to Clematis connata

Beautiful shots. You may be right.


This Clematis was recorded from Gori valley area, I hope this is Clematis connata

Wow beautiful again.

Clematis connata DC.

Photographed from Chakrata Budher Caves Road

Clematis connata DC. Prodr. 1:4, 1824
Woody climber with pinnate lwaves with 3-7 leaflets; petiole base connate, winged, petiole coiled; leaflets simple or lobed, serrate; flowers light yellowish to nearly white in up to 10 cm long panicle; sepals 4, erect with recurved tips, pubescent; achenes compressed with feathery silky tailed tip.

Photographed from Gulmarg, Kashmir


Clematis connata DC. along Govind Ghat – Ghangaria trail on August 1, 2012

Thanks … Observing your posts stimulates me to observe more and more flowers in the field. The way you depict them make them appear more and more beautiful. Good luck.


Clematis buchananiana DC.: 8 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (9)
Sharing some pictures I guess is Clematis buchananiana DC. shot at the Chandtagiri Hill Kathmandu on 19 September 2016 at 8200 ft.

Nepali Names : जुंगे लहरा Junge Laharaa/  भेडे लहरा Bhede Laharaa / बाघ जुंगे Baagh Junge /  चर्चरे Charchare /  घन्टे फूल GhantePhool /  खुर्सानी लहरा Khursaani Laharaa /  पहेंलो जुंगे Pahelo Junge 

I think matches with images at Clematis buchananiana

Sorry this is not C.buchananiana but Clematis connata. Probably C.connata var. pseudoconnata (which some recognise at a higher rank) but one cannot see the base of the petioles, which are likely to be dilated and connate forming disc-like structures.   Some are very large/pronounced. The line drawing in eflora of Pakistan does not show this feature. Always helpful to be able to view both upper and lower surface of leaves.
These two species are often mixed-up but C.connata has glabrous foliage whilst C.buchananiana is often markedly hairy (esp. on undersides of leaves).
‘Flora of Kathmandu Valley’ says occurs in dry areas from 1600-2600m for C.buchananiana; 2400-2700m for C.connata. They describe flowers of latter as “golden-brown”, which is questionable- perhaps a specimen which had gone over?
I consider +/- all the images identified as C.buchananiana, see: /species/m—z/r/ranunculaceae/clematis/clematis-buchananiana in fact come within Clematis connata
Important to check for presence of disc-like structures on future occasions (these will vary in prominence). Often ‘glabrous’ does not mean entirely without hairs. Typical C.buchananiana is decidedly hairy.
I saw what I understand to be genuine C.buchananiana beyond Naini Tal some years back but do not have any images to share. Collet said C.buchananiana was common at Shimla but it seems nobody has photographed the genuine species and sent images to efloraofIndia.
Cannot find many reliable images of C.buchananiana on internet- a number have been misidentified. See: Link
If you take a look at the pressed specimens collected by Blinkworth in Kumaon see: and by Wallich (or for Wallich – as many of his specimens were gathered on his behalf) see: you will be convinced of the markedly different foliage cf. C.connata and lack of ‘connate’ petiole bases.
There will be variants that have less ‘softly hairy’ undersides to the leaves.
I have checked the images for C.connata and these look OK (though the image by … in VOF has unusual foliage (more images of all the features would be helpful to check its identity further) to me with the ‘connate’ feature being drawn attention to.  See:
Those who live/visit suitable places, should keep a look out in forests & shrubberies @ 1800-3000m. Stewart found C.connata to be common in Kashmir and N.Pakistan @ 1500-2700m. C.buchananiana he only recorded from Kashmir at Tangmarg and Banihal Valley plus Verinag (though 2 of these records were 19th Century).
All the evidence suggests C.connata is common in the NW Himalaya, C.buchananiana less so.


Need Expert help!

No. I am confident about what I have said and that the images taken in Nepal are Clematis connata ; I took the time to explain why.

SK305JAN07-2016:ID : 6 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (3)
Location: Kalinchowk, Dolakha, Nepal
Altitude: 9000 ft.
Date: 26 July 2014


I know what I consider this Clematis to be but as have posted quite a lot about Clematis found in Nepal would be useful to see what other members think this is, BEFORE commenting further.

This is Clematis connata.
You can, just, make out the leaf-stalks fused together at the node into a large flat disk – this characteristic distinguishes this climber from similar Clematis.
‘Flora of Kathmandu Valley’ records this species from 2400-2600m – though describes the flowers as ‘golden-brown’, growing in oak or rhododendron forest.


SK361 02FEB-2017:ID : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (8)
Location: Nagarkot, Nepal

Date : 31 January 2017

Altitude : 7000 ft.
Clematis … ???

Clematis species in eFloraofindia (with details/ keys from published papers/ regional floras/ FRLHT/ FOI/ Biotik/ efloras/ books etc., where ever available on net) 

Very likely C. connata! In Dharamshala too we have the same seeding stage.

Saw this Clematis connata in Ghangaria, Uttarakhand in Aug 2018.
Kindly validate.

yes matches foi pics and our pics by … you have leaves buds flowers and additionally even fruits in the same series. love it


Id of Flower – ID05122019SH1 : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (3)- around 950 kb each. 

Flower for id pl.
Location -Mandal (Uttarakhand)
Date – November 2019

Clematis species. Flowers/ fruits after drying !

Yes! … is correct!

Clematis connata DC.



SK 3044 14 October 2021: 8 very high res. images.
Location: Jumla, Nepal
Altitude: 2810m.
Date: 18 August 2021
Habit : Wild
Clematis connata DC.??

Yes, appears close to images at Clematis connata


SK 3084 28 October 2021: 3 very high res. images.
Location: Rara, Nepal
Altitude: 2957m.
Date: 20 August 2021
Habit : Wild
Clematis connata DC ??

Yes, appears close as per images at Clematis connata

Clematis connata DC.: 10 high res. images.

Location: Phulchoki, Lalitpur, Nepal
Date: 26 August 2023
Altitude: 2700 m.
Habitat : Wild

Nepali Name : भैंसी लहरा  Bhainsee Laharaa