Clematis Clematis spp.
Family: Ranunculaceae (Buttercup)
There are mainly two species of Clematis that are native: Purple
Clematis (C. verticillaris) and Virgin's Bower (C. virginiana). However there are several cultivars
that are commonly planted in gardens. The genus is usually
noticeable. Firstly, they are vines and their branches are
opposite. Most importantly they are unique because it is actually
the leaf stalks that act as tendrils and wrap around to climb.
Also, their spirally-arranged cotton type fruit is unique.
A leaf stalk wrapped around another tree (the leaf has fallen off)
The cottony fruit. When fresh the spiral shape is very evident
A closer view of the fruit
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