Swamp Leather Flower
(Southern Leather Flower - Curly Leather Flower)
Clematis crispa - Linnaeus
Ranunculaceae (Buttercup) Family

Plant is a climbing vine with angled stems.  Its preferred habitat is woods, moist ditches, and along stream banks.   Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

Leaves are opposite on the stem; elongated, and arising on each side of the leaf stalk like a feather; three to five oval leaflets; no teeth and no lobes.

Flowers are fragrant; solitary at the end of the flowering stem; bisexual; symmetrical in form; four spreading sepals that are reflexed at the tip; crinkled. The flower color is blue; numerous stamens. Flowers occur in late spring and autumn.

Fruit is a seed which outer layer is fused to it (achene).

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