Clematis vitalba Linnaeus, 1753
Common names: Old man's beard, Traveller's Joy [En], Clématite des haies, Herbe aux gueux [Fr], Bosrank [Nl], Gewöhnliche Waldrebe [De], Clemátide [Es], Κληματίς η λευκάμπελος [Gr], Akasma, Orman Asması, Peçek [Tu]
Invasive species (New Zeeland)
Hamoir, LIEGE ● Belgium
Description: Climbing shrub with branched, grooved stems, deciduous leaves, and scented greeny-white flowers with fluffy underlying sepals. The many fruits formed in each inflorescence have long silky appendages which, seen together, give the characteristic appearance of Old Man's beard. The grooves along the stems can easily be felt when handling the plant.
Biology : The flowers of this species are eaten by the larvae of moths including The V-Pug and Double-striped Pug and the leaves by Willow Beauty.
Habitat: Mid-European shrubberies, mountainsides, in moderately eutrophic regions
Distribution: Europe, including Britain, from the Netherlands south and east to N. Africa and the Caucasus. Invasive plant in New Zealand.
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