Clematis sp: the Aristocrat of climbers

Clematis is a genus of about 300 species within the buttercup family Ranunculaceae. The genus name is from Ancient Greek ‘Klema-tis’ [klema, meaning vine branch or vine-like] a climbing plant, most probably a periwinkle. The genus is composed of mostly vigorous, woody, climbing vines/lianas. The woody stems are quite fragile until several years old. Some species are shrubby, while others are herbaceous perennial plants.

The cool temperate species are deciduous, but many of the warmer climate species are evergreen. Clematis leaves are food for the caterpillars of some Lepidoptera species, including moth Willow Beauty [Peribatodes rhomboidaria].

Below are photos of 3 Clematises from Regal Evison & Poulsen.

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^ Clematis ‘Diamantina’.

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^ Clematis ‘Minister’.

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^ Clematis ‘Crystal Fountain’.

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^ Clematis sp.

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^ Clematis sp.

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^ Clematis sp. Atlanta, 20120728

Photo: Flower Dome, GBTBSingapore 20120719

Source: Wikipedia

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