Clematis pitcheri [Ranunculaceae]

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Scientific Name Clematis pitcheri USDA PLANTS Symbol CLPI
Common Name Purple Leatherflower, Bluebill ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 18708
Family Ranunculaceae (Buttercup) SEINet
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Description Habitat: Dry or moist sandy soils along shaded creek banks, low places, thickets and open woodlands.
Plant: Climbing perennial vine with simple or somewaht branched, 6-sided stems, reddish brown, up to 20 feet long.
Leaves: Bright green opposite stem leaves each with 3 to 4 pairs of leaflets that are deeply incised into 2 to 5 lobes or are trifoliate; lower leaflets 1-3/4 to 4 inches long; upper becoming smaller with a wide variation in size and shape.
Inflorescence: Clusters of one or more urn-shaped, drooping blossoms, up to 1-3/8 inches long with 4 pale to dark bluish or reddish purple sepals, sometimes whitish toward tip, curled back at tips; no petals; on long peduncles from leaf axils. Male and female flowers on separate plants.
Bloom Period: April to September.
References: "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston, "Wildflowers of Texas" by Geyata Ajilvsgi, "Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country" by Marshall Enquist and Flora of North America.
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