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