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Copper Basin Rd - Sue Smith

Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Clematis ligusticifolia - western white clematis

Synonyms: C. neomexicana, C. suksdorfii
Other Common Names: white virgin's bower
Plant Form: Forb

Family: Caryophyllaceae

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Copper Basin Rd
Sue Smith
Copper Basin Rd
Sue Smith
Copper Basin Rd
Sue Smith
Forb Plant Description

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Perennial
General Desc: A climbing, spreading vine with showy flowers.
Identification notes: Perennial vine from a woody base; stems climbing or trailing; leaves opposite and compound; 5 to 7 leaflets are lanceolate to ovate, toothed and sparsely hairy; flowers white and showy, male and female flowers on separate plants.
Height: 9 to 18 feet


Habitat Description: Forest edges, woods, riparian deciduous woodlands, moist wooded draws, scrub.
Plant Communities: Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands, Pinyon Juniper Woodland, Montane Conifer Forest, Riparian, Disturbed Areas
Elevation: 3000 - 8000 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: White     Shape: Regular in round clusters     Tubular: N     Flowering Period: May - Sep
Description: Flat, dense, white or cream cluster, 3 to 8 inches wide, of 7 to 20 flowers, each 1 inch wide. The flower has 4 white petal-like sepals around erect white flower parts.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Dark green     Leaf Type: Compound     Leaf Shape: Pinnatifid     Leaf Margin: Lobed     Leaf Attachment: Opposite     Leaves Clasp: N
Hairs: Leaves     Spines: N
Leaf Description: Smooth, stalked, dark green leaves divided into 5 to 7 irregularly tooth or lobed leaflets that are 1 to 3-1/2 inches long. Leaves hairy to nearly smooth.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Color: Green   
Fruit Type: Achene
Fruit Notes: Achenes in a dense cluster, each with long, fine hairs like a feather, 1 to 2 inches long.
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