by Stephen Mifsud
   22 Jun 2024      ()
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Clematis cirrhosa   (Evergreen Traveller's Joy)

Clematis cirrhosa  (RANUNCULACEAE.) 
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Profile Date Nov-2005 (taxon update: Nov-2005)
Citation for this page Mifsud, S. (2022). Clematis cirrhosa - datasheet created on Nov-2005. Retrieved from on 22-Jun-2024

Nomenclature and Basic Information

Species name :

Clematis cirrhosaL.
Published in Sp. Pl. : 544 (1753)

Synonyms :
(basionym or principal syn.)

Clematis polymorpha Viv.
Full list of synonyms : [Euro+Med] [PlantList] [IPNI] [POWO] [Catalogue of Life] []

Plant Family :

Ranunculaceae Juss. (The Buttercup Family)
23 species from the Ranunculaceae family are recorded from the Maltese Islands.

English name(s) :

Evergreen Traveller's Joy, Evergreen Virgin's Bower

Maltese name(s) :

Kiesħa jew Bajda

Status for Malta :

Indigenous. Present on the Maltese islands before man

Frequency :

Very Common     Common    Frequent     Scarce     Rare    Very rare    Extinct

Growth form :

Raunkiaer lifeform [info]: Macro-Phanerophyte ( high trees usually over 10 m high )
Germination [info]: Dicotyledon

Legal Protection :

Not legally protected till the last update of this website (2/Mar/2022)

Red List (1989) :

Not listed in the Red Data Book of the Maltese Islands

Flowering Time :

October – December

Colour of Flowers:

White or Cream


Mildy toxic, can cause adverse conditions if consumed in large quantities

Name Derivation :

Clematis: From the Greek word Klema which means vine-like and used as ancient name for some climbing plant. Name latinised and the consonant C has replaced the K. (Greek origin )
cirrhosa: Bearing tendrils - string-like structures used to grasp with supporting structures. (Latin origin )

Planting in rural areas :

Encouraged to be planted in the wild that is in rural areas including ODZ.

Description, Habitat and Distribution
Habitat in Europe: Data will be available in the next update of this website.
Preferred habitat in Malta: Valleys, sheltered rocky locations such as cliffs and walls.
Botanical Description: Evergreen climber up to 4 m. Leaves 2.5-5 cm, simple, dentate or 3-lobed, or 1- or 2-ternate with dentate or lobed leaflets. Flowers 4-7 cm in diameter, nodding; pedicels 2-5 cm. Perianth-segments yellowish-white, sometimes with red spots, ovate, pubescent beneath. Flowering in winter.
Distributional range: Mediterranean region, S. Portugal.

Distributional map in Europe
and the Mediterranean region (2018):
Occurrences in Europe.
(from Flora Europaea pre year 1993):
the Balaeric Islands, Corse, Crete, Greece, Spain (incl. Andorra but excl. the Balaerics), Italy (excl. Sicily and Sardignia), Portugal, Sardinia, Sicily and/or Malta, Turkey (European part)
Occurrences in Europe and the Mediterranean region.
(from Euro+Med Checklist, 2019)
  Country codes  
? AE(G) Ag Bl(I M N) Co Cr Cy Gr Hs(G S) Ir It Jo Le Li Lu Ma Sa Si(M S) Sy Tn Tu(A E) [nBr nGa(C F)]

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Species Images (53 images)
   Clematis cirrhosa   -   Image Code: CLMCR-0.
   Clematis cirrhosa   -   Image Code: CLMCR-1.
   Clematis cirrhosa   -   Image Code: CLMCR-2.
   Clematis cirrhosa   -   Image Code: CLMCR-3.
   Clematis cirrhosa   -   Image Code: CLMCR-4.
   Clematis cirrhosa   -   Image Code: CLMCR-5.
   Clematis cirrhosa   -   Image Code: CLMCR-6.
   Clematis cirrhosa   -   Image Code: CLMCR-7.
   Clematis cirrhosa   -   Image Code: CLMCR-8.
   Clematis cirrhosa   -   Image Code: CLMCR-9.
   Clematis cirrhosa   -   Image Code: CLMCR-10.
   Clematis cirrhosa   -   Image Code: CLMCR-11.
   Clematis cirrhosa   -   Image Code: CLMCR-12.
   Clematis cirrhosa   -   Image Code: CLMCR-13.
   Clematis cirrhosa   -   Image Code: CLMCR-14.
   Clematis cirrhosa   -   Image Code: CLMCR-15.
   Clematis cirrhosa   -   Image Code: CLMCR-16.
   Clematis cirrhosa   -   Image Code: CLMCR-17.
   Clematis cirrhosa   -   Image Code: CLMCR-18.
   Clematis cirrhosa   -   Image Code: CLMCR-19.
   Clematis cirrhosa   -   Image Code: CLMCR-20.
   Clematis cirrhosa   -   Image Code: CLMCR-21.
   Clematis cirrhosa   -   Image Code: CLMCR-22.
   Clematis cirrhosa   -   Image Code: CLMCR-23.
   Clematis cirrhosa   -   Image Code: CLMCR-24.
   Clematis cirrhosa   -   Image Code: CLMCR-25.
   Clematis cirrhosa   -   Image Code: CLMCR-26.
   Clematis cirrhosa   -   Image Code: CLMCR-27.
   Clematis cirrhosa   -   Image Code: CLMCR-28.
   Clematis cirrhosa   -   Image Code: CLMCR-29.
   Clematis cirrhosa   -   Image Code: CLMCR-30.
   Clematis cirrhosa   -   Image Code: CLMCR-31.
   Clematis cirrhosa   -   Image Code: CLMCR-32.
   Clematis cirrhosa   -   Image Code: CLMCR-33.
   Clematis cirrhosa   -   Image Code: CLMCR-34.
   Clematis cirrhosa   -   Image Code: CLMCR-35.
   Clematis cirrhosa   -   Image Code: CLMCR-36.
   Clematis cirrhosa   -   Image Code: CLMCR-37.
   Clematis cirrhosa   -   Image Code: CLMCR-38.
   Clematis cirrhosa   -   Image Code: CLMCR-39.
   Clematis cirrhosa   -   Image Code: CLMCR-40.
   Clematis cirrhosa   -   Image Code: CLMCR-41.
   Clematis cirrhosa   -   Image Code: CLMCR-42.
   Clematis cirrhosa   -   Image Code: CLMCR-43.
   Clematis cirrhosa   -   Image Code: CLMCR-44.
   Clematis cirrhosa   -   Image Code: CLMCR-45.
   Clematis cirrhosa   -   Image Code: CLMCR-46.
   Clematis cirrhosa   -   Image Code: CLMCR-47.
   Clematis cirrhosa   -   Image Code: CLMCR-48.
   Clematis cirrhosa   -   Image Code: CLMCR-49.
   Clematis cirrhosa   -   Image Code: CLMCR-50.
   Clematis cirrhosa   -   Image Code: CLMCR-51.
   Clematis cirrhosa   -   Image Code: CLMCR-52.

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