Cleome hirta (Klotzsch) Oliv.

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Cleome hirta

Photo: Bart Wursten
B8 to Ngoma

Cleome hirta

Photo: Bart Wursten
B8 to Ngoma

Cleome hirta

Photo: Bart Wursten
B8 c. 70 km West of Katima Mulilo

Cleome hirta

Photo: Bart Wursten
B8 c. 70 km West of Katima Mulilo

Cleome hirta

Photo: Bart Wursten
B8 c. 70 km West of Katima Mulilo

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Synonyms: Cleome bechuanensis Bremek. & Oberm.
Decastemon hirtus Klotzsch
Common names: Sticky purple cleome (English) Sticky purple mousewhiskers (English)
Status: Native
Erect annual or short-lived perennial herb, up to 1.6 m tall. The digitate leaves have 5 to 9 linear leaflets and are covered with gland-tipped, sticky hairs. Bracts of inflorescence conspicuous. Petals purplish or pink, with yellow markings. Stamens 10-12. Capsule up to 16 cm, linear.
Derivation of specific name: hirta: hairy
Habitat: Widespread in various types of woodland but tends to be more common in lower, drier types, such as Acacia or Mopane woodlands.
Flowering time:Jan - May
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Botswana, DRC, Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Limpopo and Mpumalanga, South Africa.
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Content last updated: Sunday 26 May 2019

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Plowes, D.C.H. & Drummond, R.B. (1990). Wild Flowers of Zimbabwe. Revised edition. Longman, Zimbabwe. No. 48, plate 71

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

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 202.

Wild, H. (1960). Capparaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(1) Pages 199 - 200.

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Flora of Botswana: Cleome hirta
Flora of Malawi: Cleome hirta
Flora of Mozambique: Cleome hirta
Flora of Zambia: Cleome hirta
Flora of Zimbabwe: Cleome hirta

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Cleome hirta
African Plant Database: Cleome hirta
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Cleome hirta
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Cleome hirta
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Cleome hirta
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Cleome hirta
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Cleome hirta
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Cleome hirta
iNaturalist: Cleome hirta
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Cleome hirta
JSTOR Plant Science: Cleome hirta
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Cleome hirta
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Cleome hirta
Plants of the World Online: Cleome hirta
Tropicos: Cleome hirta
Wikipedia: Cleome hirta

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 hirta., retrieved 31 January 2023

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