Clematis brachiata

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Clematis brachiata
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Flower and flowerbuds
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
Order: Ranunculales
Family: Ranunculaceae
Genus: Clematis
Species: C. brachiata
Binomial name
Clematis brachiata

Clematis brachiata, commonly known as Traveller's Joy, is a hardy, deciduous South African liana belonging to the Ranunculaceae family.

It tends to clamber to the tops of trees and shrubs, sprawling over the crowns. Leaves are compound with from 1 to 7 leaflets. Attractive fragrant flowers appear in summer. Achenes are covered in fine silky hair.

This species is common in the Transvaal and kwaZulu-Natal and was first described by Carl Peter Thunberg (1743-1828), the celebrated Swedish naturalist.

"Clema" is Greek for a liane, and the Latin specific name "brachiata" means "provided with arms" since the right-angled and opposite branching habit resembles arms sticking out of a torso.

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