Clematis pitcheri - Banner
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Location: Searcy County, Arkansas
Month of Photograph: May and June
Distribution Map: Clematis pitcheri - Distribution Map Spacer
USDA, NRCS. 2012. The PLANTS Database (, 16 January 2012). National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901 USA. Spacer Guests can be assured that there is established evidence that this plant has been found in all of the green filled counties of Arkansas. However, the white filled counties should not be interpreted as counties in which this plant does not grow. They should instead be interpreted as counties which lack officially sanction evidence of the plants presence there.

Family: Ranunculaceae

Flower -- Lateral View

Clematis pitcheri - Flower Lateral View "
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Clematis pitcheri - Flower lateral View Flower, lateral view


Clematis pitcheri - Fruit Fruit
Clematis pitcheri - Flower Lateral ViewFlower, lateral view
Clematis pitcheri - Leaf AdaxialLeaf, adaxial
The leaves of Clematis pitcheri are often compound and sometimes simple. The shape of the leaf or leaflet can be siimply ovate or the leaf or leaflet can be deeply lobed. This can be a bit confusing. For a clean, professional explanation see the description by Dr. Hilty at the bottom of this page.
Clematis pitcheri - Stem and Flower Stem and Flower
Clematis pitcheri - StemStem
Clematis pitcheri - Leaves AbaxialLeaves, abaxial
Clematis pitcheri - Leaves AdaxialLeaves, adaxial
Clematis pitcheri - Leaf Tip Adaxial Leaf Tip, adaxial
Clematis pitcheri - Leaf Base AbaxialLeaf Base, abaxial
Clematis pitcheri - Stem Stem
Flower, lateral views (some petals removed)
Clematis pitcheri - Flower Lateral View Petals Removed

Flower, frontal view
Clematis pitcheri - Frontal View

Physical Description found at Encyclopedia of Life, prepared by Dr. John Hilty editor of the web site "Illinois Wildflowers".

This native perennial vine is up to 10' long and somewhat woody. The young stems are angular, terete, slightly pubescent, and green or red. Older stems become hairless, brown, and woody, otherwise they resemble the young stems. Pairs of opposite leaves occur at intervals along the vine. These leaves are simple or compound; if the latter, they are odd pinnate. Simple leaves and leaflets are up to 3" long and 2" across. They are ovate or cordate-ovate, smooth along the margins, and largely hairless; sometimes 1 or 2 lateral lobes are present. The major veins of each leaf are parallel, while the secondary veins criss-cross between them. These veins are often elevated and conspicuous on the lower surface. Each simple leaf or leaflet has a slender petiole that is slightly pubescent. From the axils of the upper leaves, there often develops a single flower on a long pedicel; this flower nods downward. Each flower is about ¾" long and bell-shaped. It consists of 4 thick

leathery sepals and no petals; within the flower, there are several stamens and styles. The sepals are slightly pubescent and light purple, except near their recurved tips, where they are light green or white. The blooming period occurs during the summer (usually mid-summer) and lasts about a month. Each flower is replaced by a whorl of flattened achenes with long beaks that are persistent styles. The tips of these styles are slightly hairy, becoming hairless with age. The achenes are light green or burgundy and have a spidery appearance; they become brown or black with age. They are blown about by the wind to a limited extent.

Hilty, J. Editor. 2013. Illinois Wildflowers. World Wide Web electronic publication., version 06/2013.