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Clematis cunninghamii

Buttercup family: Ranunculaceae

Clematis cunninghamii is a woody perennial climber with leaves divided into three ovate leaflets. Leaf stalks (petioles) are modified into touch-sensitive tendrils which grip adjacent vegetation. Clematis is a genus with about 300 species of mostly vigorous woody climbing vines with species found throughout temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere, rarely in the tropics. Named after the English botanist, Allan Cunningham (1791-1839), an early explorer and collector of plants in eastern Australia and the Bay of Islands area on the North Island of New Zealand.
An endemic species in open lowland forest in the North Island. Formerly known as Clematis parviflora

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: vine

Flower symmetry: symmetric


Flower size: 10-20 mm diam.

Leaf form: divided into three ovate parts (leaflets)

Sepals: 5-8, yellow

Leaf size: leaflets 1-4 cm

Petals:  0

Leaf arrangement: opposite

Sexuality: unisexual on different plants

Leaf attachment:

Stamens: numerous

Leaf margin:  smooth  or toothed

Ovary: above sepals

Leaf surface: hairs

Fruit: dry