Ladakh Clematis
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Ladakh Clematis
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Ladakh Clematis
Botanical name: Clematis ladakhiana    Family: Ranunculaceae (Buttercup family)
Synonyms: Clematis orientalis var. longifoliolata, Clematis orientalis var. acutifolia

Ladakh Clematis is a beautiful creeper from Ladakh, with 2 inches flowers that have 4 tepals, 1.5-2.5 cm long, 4-10 mm wide, with the upper sides being yellow-bronze mottled with dark red, while the undersides are paler. The anthers are reddish brown. Flowers are followed by large and highly-decorative, fluffy seed heads. The attractive, ferny, bluish green leaves divided into 5-7 narrow leaflets. Leaflets are rather glaucous-green, narrow-lanceolate, 2.7-9 cm long, 0.4-2 cm wide, entire or with 1-2 lobes in the lower part.

Identification credit: Chris Chadwell Photographed in Ladakh.

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