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Clematis paniculata - puawānanga

Buttercup family: Ranunculaceae

Clematis paniculata is a woody perennial climber with leaves divided into three leaflets. Leaflets are a glossy dark green, broadly oval and widest at their base and without hairs. Leaf stalks (petioles) are modified into touch-sensetive tendrils which grip adjacent vegetation.
An endemic species found throughout New Zealand.

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: vine

Flower symmetry: symmetric


Flower size: 50-60 mm diam.

Leaf form: divided into three oval-oblong parts (leaflets)

Sepals: 6, white

Leaf size: leaflets 5-10 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: hairless

Fruit: dry