Clematis texensis [Ranunculaceae]

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Scientific Name Clematis texensis USDA PLANTS Symbol CLTE2
Common Name Scarlet Leatherflower, Texas Clematis ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 18713
Family Ranunculaceae (Buttercup) SEINet
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Description Habitat: Rocky calcareous soils in shaded areas of ravines, limestone outcrops, and along streambanks; endemic to Edwards Plateau.
Plant: Low-climbing perennial vine with slender, leafy stems 9 to 20 feet long.
Leaves: Opposite stem leaves each with 4 or 5 pairs of leaflets that are ovate or orbicular in outline, margins often 2- or 3-lobed with main rib extending into tendril.
Inflorescence: Urn-shaped, drooping blossoms, about 1 inch long with 4 red petal-like sepals; on peduncles 4 to 8 inches long from leaf axils.
Bloom Period: March to July.
References: "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston, "Wildflowers of Texas" by Geyata Ajilvsgi, and "Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country" by Marshall Enquist.
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