Cleome gynandra L.

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Cleome gynandra

Photo: Petra Ballings
Road from Katima Mulilo to Zambian border, sideroad

Cleome gynandra

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road from Katima Mulilo to Zambian border, sideroad

Cleome gynandra

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road from Katima Mulilo to Zambian border, sideroad

Cleome gynandra

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road from Katima Mulilo to Zambian border, sideroad

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Synonyms: Cleome pentaphylla L.
Gynandropsis gynandra (L.) Briq.
Gynandropsis pentaphylla DC.
Pedicellaria pentaphylla Schrank
Common names: Spider-wisp (English)
Status: Native
Much-branched annual herb, covered in glandular hairs, strongly aromatic when crushed. Leaves palmate with 3-5 obovate leaflets; margins shallowly dentate. Flowers in a terminal raceme; petals white, fading pinkish; stamens purple, borne on a long stalk. Fruit a long linear capsule.
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Habitat: In disturbed places, along road sides and as a weed of cultivation.
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Worldwide distribution: Widespread in Africa, Madagascar, Mediterranean Area, Asia, Polynesia and tropical America.
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Content last updated: Wednesday 28 February 2018

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Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 358. (Includes a picture).

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Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 38.

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Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 44.

Van Wyk, B. & Malan, S. (1988). Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of the Witwatersrand and Pretoria Region Struik, Cape Town Pages 48 - 49. (Includes a picture).

Wild, H. (1955). Common Rhodesian Weeds Government of Rhodesia, Salisbury Page 13. as Gynandropsis gynandra (Includes a picture).

Wild, H. (1960). Capparaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(1) Pages 205 - 207. as Gynandropsis gynandra (Includes a picture).

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Caprivi: Species information: Cleome gynandra., retrieved 6 February 2023

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