Clematis coactilis

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Virginia white-hair leather flower
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Order: Ranunculales
Family: Ranunculaceae
Genus: Clematis
Species: C. coactilis
Binomial name
Clematis coactilis
(Fernald) Keener

Clematis albicoma var. coactilis Fernald

Clematis coactilis, common name Virginia white-hair leather flower,[2] is a plant species endemic to the western part of the US State of Virginia. It is reported from only Botetourt, Roanoke, Craig, Montgomery, Giles, Wythe, and Pulaski Counties.[3] It is usually found on soils formed from shale, less often dolomite, limestone or sandstone.[4]

Clematis coactilis is a shrub, not a vine like many of the other members of the genus. It is erect, up to 45 cm tall with silky, bristly or woolly hairs. Leaves are thick and leathery, simple but sometimes lobed, up to 12 cm long. Flowers are bell—shaped, borne one at a time at the tips of branches, pale yellow sometimes with a purplish tinge. Achenes are hairy, with a feathery beak up to 6 cm long.[4][5][6][7]


  1. ^ Tropicos
  2. ^ American Bells, Carol Lim, Clematis coactilis
  3. ^ USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Plants Profile Database
  4. ^ a b Flora of North America vol 3
  5. ^ Keener, Carl Samuel. 1967. Journal of the Elisha Mitchell Scientific Society 83: 36.
  6. ^ Fernald, Merritt Lyndon. 1943. Rhodora 45(538): 407–410, pl. 780.
  7. ^ Gleason, H. A. & A.J. Cronquist. 1991. Manual of the Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada (ed. 2) i–910. New York Botanical Garden, Bronx.