Purple Passion Flower of Manhattan

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Purple Clematis, in the Ranunculaceae family (not sure which species this is).

Photographed on Manhattan's Upper West Side on West 81st street at
Central Park West. Passersby were curious as to why I was crawling into
a shrub, until after I emerged and they saw my camera in-hand.

Image: GrrlScientist, 29 June 2009 [larger view].

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It's actually a Clematis, in the Ranunculaceae family. Very pretty though.