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  1. Clematis_glycinoides_plant_high Clematis glycinoides (up to 3m high) by L. von Richter
  2. Clematis_glycinoides_fruit_high Fruit covered by long white hairs by L. von Richter
  3. Clematis_glycinoides_flowers_high White flowers by L. von Richter

Headache Vine

Clematis glycinoides


  • Woody climber
  • Dioecious (separate male and female plants)
  • Size: to 3m high
  • Leaves: ternate, 2.5 – 8 cm long, 1 – 4.5 cm wide.
  • Flowers: white in axillary and terminal clusters, obvious stamens or staminoides visible
  • Fruit/seeds: Achenes compressed 4 – 8 mm long and 2 – 3 mm wide. Long curled awn to 4.5 cm long and covered with long hairs.

What to Observe

  • First fully open single flower
  • Full flowering (record all days)
  • End of flowering (when 95% of the flowers have faded)
  • Seeds dry and dispersing naturally (record all days)

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When To Look

Flowering occurs mainly from August to November 

Where To Look

  • Found in forests and woodlands climbing up and over other vegetation



Elliot, W. and Jones, D. (1984) Encyclopedia of Australian Plants suitable for cultivation. Volume 3. Lothian Publishing Company. Australia

Jones, D. and Gray, B. (1977) Australian Climbing Plants with notes on their cultivation. Reed Books Pty Ltd. Australia



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  1. What Else?

    Clematis aristata looks similar. The difference is C. glycinoides has a blunt appendage on the anther and C. aristata does not.


  1. Did You Know?

    This species resprouts after fire.

    There are separate male and female plants. They look very similar with some slight differences in the flowers and obviously seeds are only found on the female plants!

    It was called headache vine as the crushed leaves were supposed to help ease headaches.