Old Man's Beard

Family: Ranunculaceae
Genus: Clematis
Species: microphylla
Main Flower Colour: Cream


Dioecious, woody climber, to 5 m high. Leaves mostly biternate with 9 leaflets; leaflets lanceolate-oblong to broad-ovate, 0.8–6 cm long, 0.3–1.2 cm wide, entire or appearing toothed or lobed by incomplete division, usually obtuse, glabrous. Flowers in axillary and terminal dichasial panicles. Tepals linear-lanceolate, 1.3–2.5 cm long, creamy white, pubescent below, almost glabrous above. Stamens 2–5.5 mm long; filaments glabrous, white; anthers ellipsoidal-obloid, 0.4–1 mm long, without appendage; staminodes present. Achenes compressed-ovoid to compressed broadly ellipsoid, 4–5 mm long, 2–3 mm wide, light brown, glabrous or with short sparse hairs, margin corky; awn 3–5 cm long.

Widespread in eastern Australia including S.A., Qld, N.S.W., Vic. and Tas. Found in a wide variety of habitats including open forests, heathy woodlands and mallee scrublands. Flowers July–Oct.

Flowering start in July and ends in October.


The main flower colour is cream.


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Bio Regions

Kanmantoo (KAN)

Region Specifics

Kangaroo Island

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