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3. Clematis gouriana Roxb. ex DC., Syst. Nat. 1:138. 1818. Hook.f. & Thoms., FI.Brit. Ind. 1:4. 1872, Blatter, Beaut. Flow. Kashm. 1:2. 1928, Stewart, Ann. Catalogue Vasc. Pl. W. Pak. & Kashm. 264. 1972, Qureshi & Chaudhri in Pak. Syst. 4(1-2):127.1988 (Fig. 16, D, B).


Naturhistorisches Museum, Botanische Abteilung, Wien, Austria.


National Herbarium, Pakistan Agricultural Research Council, Islamabad, Pakistan.

Clematis gouriana

  • Clematis simplicifolia Qureshi & Chaudhri
  • Clematis vitaiba subsp. gouriana (Roxb.) O. Kuntze

    Tall climber, pubescent when young. Leaves coriaceous, rigid with shiny upper surface, (not membranous as described by Hooker!. & Thomson l.c.) pinnate to bi-ternate or bi-pinnate. Leaflets 1.5-8 cm long, ovate-oblong, acute to long acuminate, entire, rarely with a few sharp-teeth. Peduncles usually surpassing leaves, many-flowered. Flowers small, 10-15 mm in diameter, paniculate. Sepals yellowish to greenish-white, obovate to oblong, pubescent, tometose along margins. Filaments narrowly linear. Achenes densely pubescent. Style (20-) 25-28 (-30) mm, ciliate.

    Fl. Per.: August-September.

    Type: In East India, Roxburgh (BM).

    C-7 Rawalpindi & Islamabad: Chattar, near Pindi, 20.2.1960, R.R. Stewart s.n. (RAW), Karot, M.A. Siddiqi & Y. Nasir 6103 (RAW), id., Sutanul Abedin 2758 (KUH), Manga-Sangli, Y. Nasir & Nazir 9259 (RAW), Kashmir: Nar, Mirpur, Jan Mohd. 362 (RAW), C-8 Poonch, 5.1.1953, A.R. Khan s.n. (RAW), Kotli, 1954, A.R. Khan s.n. (RAW).

    Distribution: Himalaya, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Burma, W. & C. China.

    Easily recognisable by its shiny leaves, usually entire leaflets and very small flowers. Probably C. simplicifolia Qureshi & Chaudhri is a synonym of this species. From the illustration of a single inflorescence, it is obvious that the leaves are not simple, but compound and have been incorrectly called ‘subsessila simplicia.

    Occurs in Pakistan in the lower Hazara and Punjab districts up to 1300 m.


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