Clematis montana Buch.-Ham. ex DC., Syst. Nat. 1: 164 1817. (Syn: Anemone curta Wall.; Clematis anemoniflora D.Don [Illegitimate]; Clematis insularialpina Hayata; Clematis kuntziana H.Lév. & Vaniot; Clematis montana var. chumbica Brühl; Clematis montana var. grandiflora Hook.; Clematis montana var. incisa Kuntze; Clematis montana var. rubens E. H. Wilson; Clematis punduana Wall. [Invalid]; Clematis spooneri var. subglabra S.Y.Hu);
Myanmar [Burma] (Chin, Kachin, Mandalay), Bhutan, Sikkim, Jammu & Kashmir (Poonch, Kashmir), India (Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Meghalaya, Nagaland), Pakistan (Dir, Chitral, Murree), Nepal, China (S-Anhui, NW-Fujian, S-Gansu, N-Guangxi, Guizhou, SW-Henan, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangxi, S-Ningxia, S-Shaanxi, Sichuan, Yunnan, Zhejiang), Taiwan, S-Tibet as per Catalogue of Life;
Common name: Anemone clematis, Indian virgin’s bower • Hindi: garol, geor bel, kanguli, kaunibai, kaunie-bali
Woody climber with ternate leaves, up to 7 cm long ovate leaflets, remotely dentate to subentire; flowers large, white, 4-6 cm across, solitary or 2-3 fascicled, sepals elliptic to obovate; style up to 30 mm in fruit, plumose-ciliate.

Location Kalatope, chamba
Altitude 1700 mts
Habit climber/creeper
Habitat wild

Perhaps Clematis. A better view of mature leaf should help in fixing species.

Although leaves are not very clear, but in third photograph three leaflets can be seen. Also the flowers are large (at least more than 2.5 cm), on long stalks and appear solilary. All this points to C. montana, as suggested by …
C. gouriana has pinnate to bipinnate leaves and much smaller flowers (hardly 1 cm across), pale yellow in colour and crowded in panicles.


A climber for ID (23/06/2011 NSJ-03):
A climber for ID from
Pahalgam, Kashmir

Clematis species mostly heracleifolia group. (Reference  www.

… is right, it is Clematis, I hope C. montana

Yes it is clematis montana.
sending fotos from my garden in a separate mail


BergClematis Clematis Montana from my garden in Ritterhude:
I have three clematis climbers in my garden. this one is the first that flowers very early in the year.
Fotos from last year. also seen: Pieris japonica ‘Cavatine’


Clematis montana Buch. -Ham. ex DC. from Nainital:
Clematis montana Buch. -Ham. ex DC., Syst. Nat. 1:164. 1817

syn: Clematis anemonifIora D. Don
Woody climber with ternate leaves, up to 7 cm long ovate leaflets, remotely dentate to subentire; flowers large, white, 4-6 cm across, solitary or 2-3 fascicled, sepals elliptic to obovate; style up to 30 mm in fruit, plumose-ciliate.
Photographed from Nainital in April.

I have repeatedly announced about omissions in the Plant List, this is there (as synonym as I had written):
And IPNI also

Illegitimate means name is not properly published and can’t be used (or considered for selecting a correct name) as correct name, but it is definitely cited among synonyms.
Perhaps you forget, you mentioned sindica in this very thread only, I only urged that such things should not be mentioned.

Date: 15th May 2011
Location: Paddar valley district Kishtwar J&K.
Altitude: 2021 meters asl
Plant habit/habitat: Wild climber, usually spreading on ground.


Clematis ID :  Attachments (3).  2 posts by 2 authors.

Id Please
A Clematis from Yumthang Valley

C. montana.

This climber with freshly opened flowers was recorded during a visit to Chakrata area,
which Clematis sp. this can be..Clematis montana ??

You are right … Seems to be Clematis montana..

Ranunculaceae Fortnight:: Clematis montana for validation from Chakrata:: NS 2015 Jan-14 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (4)
This climber was recorded from Chakrata area, Uttrakhand, I hope this can be Clematis montana.. please suggest, if otherwise..

I think you are right. Good post again


Ranunculaceae Fortnight: Clematis montana from Nainital-GSJAN22/22 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (3)
Clematis montana Buch. -Ham. ex DC., Syst. Nat. 1:164. 1817

syn: Clematis anemonifIora D. Don
Woody climber with ternate leaves, up to 7 cm long ovate leaflets, remotely dentate to subentire; flowers large, white, 4-6 cm across, solitary or 2-3 fascicled, sepals elliptic to obovate; style up to 30 mm in fruit, plumose-ciliate.
Photographed from Nainital in April.


*Clematis montana ABMAR01/14 : 4 posts by 3 authors. 10 images.

I found a couple of clematis vines in flower yesterday and observed one growing on a roadside fence. These flowers had no aroma to speak of. … had helped identify it last year and … had pointed out three variations of C. montana and that some C. montana are intact odourless. Could we ascertain which variation this is with available photos? Please advise
Clematis montana var.?—Anemone Clematis
Above Mcleodganj, Dharamshala, HP
29 March 2016

Marvellous details, …

very nice pictures to see. all white flowers mimicking anemeone…

 donot know what may be … reference for three var…
MoBot group wrote up the key in FoC
Wang Wencai, Bruce Bartholomew. “Clematis montana”. Flora of China. Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA. Retrieved 12 May 2013.
URL for this is :
They mention some six varieities  based on leaf andfflower size and persistence or not of the style. I think.
if you want to know what is is that your community has you have your work cut out for you.

Yes, .. But with the group’s help I am sure I can figure out sooner or later. Thank you very much for your inputs.

Clematis montana flowers have been out for about ten days now. Here are some images of how they appear on fences and trees. There is also a variation in number of sepals (occasionally five).
7 images.

Superb images, …

Rosaceae ABAPR01/01 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (5)
These fragrant white roses are out and I had previously thought them to be Rosa brunonii or the Himalayan Musk Rose. These ones have four petals and Col Collett describes 4-petal ones as Rosa sericea but his book has no illustration of the species. Please advise.
Rosa sericea?
Mcleodganj, Dharamshala, HP
7 April 2015

The attached image is of Clematis montana, a member of family Ranunculaceae. Rosa sericea is a shrub of higher altitudes.

Thank you very much. I was looking in the wrong direction. I stand corrected, Clematis montana it is. The only Clematis species I had noticed here before was C. connata. This adds to the list.


Another Clematis?/ABAPR01/15 :  6 posts by 4 authors.

While trying to show my 9-year-old daughter Clematis montana, I found this similar odourless flower.
The petals are closer together and leaves larger. Please advise.
Clematis sp.?
Above Mcleodganj, Dharamshala, HP
12 April 2015
Attachment headings:
Clematis montana, left with the new flower.
Clematis motana underside, left.
Thinner C. montana stalk, left.
The new Clematis? ??

Sitting here in West Bengal and being totally unfamiliar with your flora I should have refrained myself…..! Flora of British India informs C. montana flowers are often scented. It means flowers can be non odorous too! Perhaps this and surely other variations have been noted by FoC –
From your mail it appears to me that you think it is something similar to C. montana but not exactly the species. As per FoC at least three var. is distributed in India – 1) var. brevifolia 2) montana and 3) longipes. The third one has larger leaf and flowers. And C. montana can have obovate sepals with rounded to emarginate apices. Please check probability of C. montana var. longipes based on your flower and leaf size.

Thank you very much … This answers my question very well. It’s very kind of you to take the time to explain it in detail.

You are always welcome …, I very much like your uploads though I am unable to id those.

VoF Week : Clematis montana:
Name of species : Clematis montana
Family : Ranunculaceae
Habit : Climber
Habitat : Under forest canopy
Date of click : 14th Aug`12
Location: Just before the first bridge in Valley of Flowers National Park c. 3250 Mtrs height.
Abundance : Single sighting.

The flowering must have been over.

In fact that was my point of confusion 🙂
When I googled Clematis montana, googled shown a white color flower and I had something diffrent in my cam . Than, when, I read the VoF book by Shri Keshav Murti to realise that these are probably fruits! Kindly validate my assumption.

I have already written about that “the flowering must have been over”. This plant generally flowers in early summer.

…, beautiful flowers. I think the fruiting has started. Is C.wightiana different from this.

I think Clematis wightiana is different plant (climber) from Clematis montana. You may see the FoI link for same http://www.flowersofindia.Travelers%20Joy.html


in mid of April, 2006: Singalila forest (on the way to Gurdum, from Sandakphu), West Bengal; during the trek from Ghangaria (around 11,000 ft.) to Hemkunt Sahib (around 14000 ft.);

Flora of Uttarakhand- Climber1 for Id- JM – efloraofindia | Google Groups
Clematis montana – Anemone Clematis
Is it Argemone Clematis? – indiantreepix | Google Groups
BBC – Gardening – Plants – Plant Finder – Clematis montana

SK1921 17 May 2019 : 5 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (9)- around 750 kb each.
Location: Phulchoki, Lalitpur, Nepal
Altitude: 2522 m.
Date: 8 May 2019
Habit : Wild
Clematis montana Buch.-Ham. ex DC. ??

Leaves look more closer to images at Clematis barbellata var. obtusa Kitamura & Tamura
Pl. check.

I guess it is not matching to Clematis barbellata var. obtusa Kitam. & Tamura.
Enclosing images from Flora of Nepal of C. montana for cross reference.

Links not opening.
You may be right, but it has many accepted varieties as per Flora of China, but none shown by Flora of Pakistan  & Annotated checklist of Flowering plants of Nepal 

Ranunculaceae Fortnight:: Clematis for id validation from Chakrata:: NS 2015 Jan-15 : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (4)
Is this again Clematis montana ?
Recorded these shots from Chakrata..

efi page on Clematis Montana

Please check Clematis lasiantha also. Clematis montana is also a possibility.

Looking at the shape, size and number of petals it looks matching with Clematis montana Buch.-Ham. ex DC..
Did not find distribution of Clematis lasiantha for India !

C. montana yes possible, not C. lasiantha a species from California not expected in W. Himalayas.


SK 3406 13 April 2022: 8 very high res. images.

Location: Gorran Haven, St. Austell, UK
Altitude: 43m.
Date: 02 April 2022
Habit : Cultivated
Clematis … ???

Agree Clematis.
Early flowering. 4 petal.
MAYBE Clematis montana… one of the many named cultivars.
Google search


Plants of Uttarakhand: Chakarata, NSD-1: 1 high res. image.
Botanical Name: Clematis montana, Family: Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family)
Deovan, Uttarakhand, Chakarata, 19 April 2023
I think ID is correct.
Experts please validate.

Yes, appears close as per images at



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