Basic Information



Species                       : Clematis smilacifolia Wall.

Local Name                  :

Synonym                     :

Family                          : Ranunculaceae

Habitat                        :

Distribution                : Distributed to temperate region.

Sikkim                         : Shrithang, Dzongu, Hee- Gyathang   Ravongla, Bay  Tholung, Sakyoung –Leek.

Out side                      : West Bengal (Pedong, Nombong, Algarah, Solak, Mungpo), Assam, Ganjam, Konkan, Kanara and Deccan of Bombay, Kumaon,

                                    Java, Borneo, Philippines

General                      : Eastern Himalaya (Nepal   Bhutan), Myanmar, South East Tibet, South West China, and Malaysia.

Morphological information

A woody climber, glabrous except the inflorescence; stems sulcate. Lower leaves 7.5  20 by 2.5 15 cm, ovate, acute or acuminate, entire or shortly serrate, base rounded or cordate, 5 9 (frequently 7 ) nerved from the base; petioles reaching 15 cm long twining. Upper leaves sometimes once ternate; blades smaller, narrower, cuneate at the base. Flowers large; exceeding 2.5 cm in diameter, in long, axillary panicles; pedicels reaching 7.5 cm long, glabrous. Sepals 4 5 oblong, 19 25 mm. long spreading from the base, at length reflexed, clothed outside with velvety brown tomentum, purple inside. Filaments linear, glabrous, the outer longer than the inner with shorter anthers; connective produced. Achenes ovoid, compressed, pubescent with thickened margins and long feathery tails.

Flowering                  : October -February

Fruiting                     : January -March.

History                     :

Parts                        : Root.

Status                      : Endangered.

Medicinal                 : A decoction of the roots is used against curvatures.



The strong fumes produced from the rhizome are basically used for sinus pain (Bhujel 1996). The juice produced from the fresh rhizome is taken orally during food poisoning (Kapat in Nepali).




1. Kirtikar, K.R. and B.D. Basu (1993). Indian Medicinal Plants (Vol. I). Bishen Singh Mahendra Pal Singh, Dehradun, 5- 6.

2. Progress Report of the Project "Studies on Medicinal Plants of Sikkim" (1998- 2001). State Council of Science and Technology for Sikkim.