Common name: Gourian Clematis, Indian travelers's joy • Hindi: Belkum, Churanhar • Marathi: गोमेटी gometi, मोरवेल morvel • Telugu: పేడుతివ pedutivva • Kannada: telajadari, thalejadari • Bengali: Chagalboti • Oriya: Idiya • Konkani: shendvel • Sanskrit: मोरट morata • Nepali: जुंगॆ लहरा Junge lahara
Botanical name: Clematis gouriana Family: Ranunculaceae (Buttercup family)
Gourian Clematis is a large climber, capable of climbing up tall trees. Stems
are brown and grooved. Oppositely arranged leaves are variable - they can be
pinnate, 2-pinnate or 3-pinnate. Leaflets are oblong, lancelike, sharp
tipped, toothed, and rounded at the base. Flowers, 1-1.5 cm across, are
fragrant, greenish-white, appearing in branched panicles 15-25 cm long. The
flowers have four sepals, which look like petals - real petals are absent.
Mass of stamens spread out from the middle of the flower.
Identification credit: Ajinkya Gadave
|Photographed at Thane, Maharashtra.|