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Clematis virginiana (also known as Devil's Darning Needles, Devil's Hair, Love Vine, Traveller's Joy, Virgin's Bower, Virginia Virgin's Bower, Wild Hops, and Woodbine; syn. Clematis virginiana L. var. missouriensis (Rydb.) Palmer & Steyermark  ) is a vine of the Ranunculaceae family native to the United States. The rationale for some of the common names is unclear, as they include examples normally applied to unrelated plants, including twining parasites (e.g. "devil's hair" for Cuscuta). The name "Love Vine" also is applied to alleged aphrodisiacs, such as Caribbean species of Cassytha, which are unrelated to Clematis, not being in the family Ranunculaceae.
This plant is an aggressively growing vine which can climb to heights of 10–20 ft. It grows on the edges of the woods, moist slopes, fence rows, in thickets and on streambanks. It produces white, fragrant flowers about an inch in diameter between July and September.
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- Lindsay RH (July 1929). "THE CHROMOSOMES OF SOME DIOECIOUS ANGIOSPERMS". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 15 (7): 611–3. PMC 522517. PMID 16587502. Retrieved 2012-08-28.
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