Clematis pitcheri - Purrple Leatherflower

Clematis pitcheri – Purrple Leatherflower

This is part of the Purple Leatherflower, presumably the seed pod after the blossom has faded.

Clematis pitcheri - Purple Leatherflower

Clematis pitcheri – Purple Leatherflower

Here we see instead the flower, which is hanging, its four purple sepals looking like petals, which are absent. The flowers do appear to be somewhat leathery, hence the common name. It is a vine, from six to twelve feet in length, and makes its living standing on the shoulders of shrubs.