Clematis brachiata Thunb., Prodr. Pl. Cap. 94 1800. (syn: Clematis biloba Steud.; Clematis brachiata Ker Gawl. [Illegitimate]; Clematis brachiata var. burkei Burtt Davy; Clematis brachiata var. oweniae (Harv.) T.Durand & Schinz; Clematis comosa DC.; Clematis kerrii Steud.; Clematis massoniana DC.; Clematis orientalis var. bolusiana Kuntze …..; Clematis oweniae Harv.; Clematis petersiana Klotzsch; Clematis stewartiae Burtt Davy .; Clematis thunbergii Steud. .; Clematis triloba Thunb. .) ?;
South Africa (Limpopo, North-West Prov., Gauteng, Mpulamanga, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, W-Cape Prov., E-Cape Prov.), Lesotho, Swaziland, Namibia, Botswana, Madagascar, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea, Ghana, ?Benin, Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Congo (Brazzaville), D.R.Congo (Zaire), Angola, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Libya (Tibesti) as per Catalogue of Life;
Clematis brachiata, commonly known as Traveller’s Joy, is a hardy, deciduous South African liana belonging to the Ranunculaceae family.
It tends to clamber to the tops of trees and shrubs, sprawling over the crowns. Leaves are compound with from 1 to 7 leaflets. Attractive fragrant flowers appear in summer. Achenes are covered in fine silky hair.
This species is common in the Transvaal and kwaZulu-Natal and was first described by Carl Peter Thunberg (1743-1828), the celebrated Swedish naturalist.
“Clema” is Greek for a liane, and the Latin specific name “brachiata” means “provided with arms” since the right-angled and opposite branching habit resembles arms sticking out of a torso.
(from Wikipedia on 20.10.16)
Clematis For ID : Kenya : 05OCT16 : AK-2 : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)
Clematis seen growing in the wild in Kenya during visit in July.
For Species id please.
Probably C. brachiata, but I am not sure. That is a difficult species anyways, hard to distinguish from C. hirsuta and hybridising with other species of Clematis.
Clematis brachiata Thunb.
References: Catalogue of Life The Plant List Ver.1.1 IPNI Plantzafrica GBIF (with type specimen) Flora of Zimbabwe Wikipedia