Cleome scaposa DC.

First published in Prodr. 1: 239 (1824)
This species is accepted
The native range of this species is Cape Verde to Central India. It is an annual or perennial and grows primarily in the desert or dry shrubland biome.

Descriptions

Capparidaceae, Hutchinson and Dalziel. Flora of West Tropical Africa 1:1. 1954

Morphology General Habit
Erect slender-branched herb
Morphology General Indumentum
Roughly setose
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers yellow.
[FWTA]

M. Thulin et al. Flora of Somalia, Vol. 1-4 [updated 2008] https://plants.jstor.org/collection/FLOS

Morphology General Habit
Annual herb; stem pubescent with stalked glands and spreading eglandular hairs
Morphology Leaves
Leaves simple; blade up to 2 cm long, broadly ovate to suborbicular, cordate at the base, scabrid on both surfaces; petiole up to 2.5 cm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence lax and few-flowered
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals c. 2 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals yellow, 3–5 mm long, equal
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 6
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsules 15–35 x c. 1 mm, glabrous or sparsely glandular, spreading, sessile
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds 0.5–0.8 mm in diam., black, papillose.
Distribution
N1, 2 Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, N Tanzania, Sudan and west to Mauretania, also in Arabia and eastwards to Pakistan.
Ecology
Altitude up to 900 m.
[FSOM]

Capparidaceae, J. Elffers, R. A. Graham & G. P. Dewolf. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1964

Morphology General Habit
Annual herb, low and much branched, up to 3 dm. tall.
Morphology Stem
Stem abundantly covered with stalked glands and glandular hairs.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves simple; blade broadly ovate to suborbicular, seldom more than 2 cm. long, very scabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence rather lax, up to 17 cm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals ± 2 mm. long, glandular-pubescent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals yellow.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 6.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsules sessile, curved, 1.5–2.8 cm. long, glabrous or rather sparsely glandular.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds 0.6–0.8 mm. in diameter, black, papillose.
Figures
Fig. 2/14, p. 10.
Habitat
Deciduous bushland and semi-desert scrub on bare, sandy or stony ground; 500–900 m.
Distribution
K1 K2 Sudan Republic to Mali and Nigeria, also Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somali Republic (N.), Arabia and eastwards to the Punjab
[FTEA]

Sources

  • Flora of Somalia

    • Flora of Somalia
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