Clematis dioscoreifolia Levl & Vaniot - Virgin's Bower
Family - Ranunculaceae
Stems - Twining to trailing or climbing, somewhat woody near base, herbaceous above, glabrous, carinate, much branched.
Leaves - Opposite, petiolate, twining, odd pinnately compound with typically 5-7 leaflets. Petiole to 4cm long, with an adaxial groove, sparse pubescent to glabrous. Leaflets ovate to ovate lanceolate or orbicular, some cordate at base, with petiolules to 3cm long and twining, entire, mucronate, deep green and glabrous above, dull green and sparse pubescent below, to +7cm long, +4cm broad.
Inflorescence - Axillary panicles. Peduncles and pedicels carinate, glabrous to sparse pubescent.
Flowers - Petals absent. Petaloid sepals 4, white to cream, to -2cm long, glabrous above, pubescent to sparse pilose below. Stamens +30. Filaments white, glabrous, to +/-8mm long. Anthers whitish to pale yellow, to 2mm long. Pistils 5, distinct, 8mm long, sericeous. Flowers fragrant. Achenes to 8mm long when mature, with persistent plumose style.
Flowering - July - October.
Habitat - Cultivated. Also escaped to waste ground, empty lots, roadsides.
Origin - Native to Japan.
Other info. - This
is a showy and fragrant plant when in flower. The flowers are about 4-5cm
broad and attract many good flying insects. The seeds are distributed by
the wind and the plant escapes cultivation easily. It probably will become
a pest in the future.
Photograph taken off Moore's Mill Road, Auburn, AL., 8-26-04.