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This clematis, introduced by Wilson from the Min valley of western Szechwan, was named C. glauca var. akebioides in Plantae Wilsonianae and is briefly mentioned on page 655 of the main work, under C. orientalis, to which it is allied. It should rank as a species, of which the distinguishing characters are: leaves pinnate, with five to seven leaflets, which are glaucous, rather thick, obtuse, bluntly and irregularly toothed, rarely somewhat lobed. Inflorescence without a common peduncle or this very short, the clusters of long-stalked flowers thus apparently springing direct from the leaf-axils. Sepals ovate, to about 1 in. long, erect or slightly spreading, fairly thick, glabrous except at the margins, yellow often stained with red or purple on the back. Native of western China.
C. akebioides is still in cultivation on the Rock Garden at Kew, but is now rare. It is related to:
C. orientalis var. glauca Maxim.
C. glauca auct., not Willd