Saturday, 7 October 2006

Social climbers

In case you're under the impression that the only plants at Sandy Point are gaudy pink-flowered succulents, here's something completely different — the small-leaved clematis (Clematis microphylla).

These plants have finished flowering. The strands of white fluff are the seed heads, which have developed from female flowers. Each seed has a single feathered thread that allows it to be picked up and dispersed by the wind.

Small-leaved clematis occurs widely in south-east Australia. Records also exist from coastal Western Australia, although these are probably of a related species, Clematis linearifolia.

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