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Clematis vitalba

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Clematis vitalba
The silky appendages o the fruits
Scientific classification
Kinrick: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
Order: Ranunculales
Faimily: Ranunculaceae
Genus: Clematis
Species: C. vitalba
Binomial name
Clematis vitalba
L. (1753)
Clematis vitalba

Clematis vitalba (kent as Auld man's beard an Traveller's Joy an aw) is a shrub o the Ranunculaceae faimily.

Description[eedit | eedit soorce]

Clematis vitalba is a climbin shrub wi branched, gruived stems, deciduous leaves, an scentit greeny-white flouers wi fluffy unnerlyin sepals. The mony fruits furmed in each inflorescence hae lang silky appendages which, seen thegither, gie the characteristic appearance o Auld Man's beard. The gruives alang the stems o C. vitalba can easily be felt when handlin the plant.

The flouers o this species are eaten bi the larvae o mochs includin The V-Pug an Double-striped Pug an the leaves bi Willow Beauty.

Range[eedit | eedit soorce]

C. vitalba has a preference for base rich alkaline soils an moist climate wi wairm simmers

Unitit Kingdom[eedit | eedit soorce]

In the UK it is a native plant an is and common throughoot Ingland sooth o a line frae the River Mersey an the River Humber. It commonly occurs in soothren, Eastren an northren Wales an aw. Ootside o these auries it is widely plantit an occurs as far north as the soothren hielands o Scotland.[1]

Uise[eedit | eedit soorce]

Clematis vitalba wis uised tae mak rope durin the Stone Age in Swisserland.[2] In Slovenie, the stems o the plant wur uised for weavin baskets for ingans an for bindin crops an aw.[3] It wis particularly uiseful for bindin sheaves o grain acause mice dae nae gnaw on it.[4]

Images[eedit | eedit soorce]

Close-up of a flouer

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. New Atlas of the British and Irish Flora
  2. Johnson, Magnus. 2001. The genus Clematis. Södertälje: Magnus Johnsons Plantskola AB, p. 37.
  3. Petauer, Tomaž. 1993. Leksikon rastlinskih bogastev. Ljubljana: Tehniška založba Slovenije, p. 139.
  4. Kržan, Vanja. 2010. "Mi pa oznanjamo Kristusa, križanega (1 Kor 1,23)." Zaveza 42 (25 February). Archived 2012-06-29 at the Wayback Machine (in Slovene)

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