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Clematis vitalba  L.
Old man's beard,   Traveller's joy
Clematis vitalba is a vine that is not native to California.
Cal-IPC rating: moderate
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~1110 records in California
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within a 7.5-minute quadrangle
Genus: Clematis
Family: Ranunculaceae  
Category: angiosperm  
PLANTS group:Dicot
Jepson eFlora section: eudicot

Toxicity: Possible skin irritation from touching any part of this plant.
Do not eat any part of this plant.

Wetlands: Equally likely to occur in wetlands and non wetlands

Communities: escaped cultivar

Name Status:
Accepted by PLANTS

Information about  Clematis vitalba from other sources
USDA PLANTS Profile (CLVI6)

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[Cal-IPC] Invasiveness alert: Clematis vitalba (old mans beard) is a vine (family Ranunculaceae) with white flowers and oval-shaped leaves found in the central coast ranges of California. It is native to the United Kingdom. It favors forests and woodlands. It spreads via seeds and roots. Means of dispersal include water, wind, humans and animals. Cal-IPC Rating: Moderate Alert (link added by Mary Ann Machi)

[your.kingcounty.gov] Europe, Africa, southwest Asia native: Impacts and History Old mans beard smothers trees, causing them to weaken, then to collapse. Fast growing, new shoots can grow at least 6 feet per year, older plants 30 feet per year. Reduces biodiversity in the understory by blocking light and outcompeting native plants and tree seedlings. Increases fire hazards. Toxic if ingested and causes severe dermatological reactions in some people. Native to Europe, Africa and southwest Asia. Ornamental escapee in Washington, first introduced to San Juan County in 1904. Was introduced to New Zealand in 1922, had spread by 1935 and is now considered naturalized and very difficult to control there. (link added by Mary Ann Machi)


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Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals. [web application]. 2024. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: 07/18/2024).