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Clematis foetida (Yellow clematis)

Kingdom:   Plantae
(unranked):        Angiosperms
(unranked):        Eudicots
Order:       Ranunculales
Family:      Ranunculaceae
Subfamily:  Ranunculoideae
Tribe:        Anemoneae
Genus:      Clematis
Species:   C. foetida
Binominal name:  Clematis foetida
Common name:  Yellow clematis.

Clematis foetida is a native liane found in the NorthIsland (except Taranaki) and in the South Island (except Nelson, Marlborough, Canterbury and eastern Otago). Its habitat is open situations in forest margins and in modified environment such as road side hedges.  With the right support it can reach 10 m.
It has 3 heart-shaped leaflets per leaf.
It flowers during September and November. The abundant pale yellow/green flowers (> 2.5cm in dia) are star shaped and are strongly scented. Fruiting occurs November-January and the light pappate achenes blow away on the wind and colonise new areas.