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Cleome angustifolia subsp. diandra (Burch.) Kers

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Cleome angustifolia subsp diandra

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27 Apr 2014

Cleome angustifolia subsp diandra

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27 Apr 2014

Cleome angustifolia subsp diandra

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27 Apr 2014

Cleome angustifolia subsp diandra

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27 Apr 2014

Family: Capparaceae
Full name: Cleome angustifolia subsp. diandra (Burch.) Kers
ID status: Fairly certain
Afrikaans common name(s): Geel-cleome, Peultjiesbos, Wilde-ertjie
English common name(s): Western yellow mouse-whiskers, Yellow mouse-whiskers, Yellow cleome, Wild cleome, Pretty lady, Tusked spindlepod
Synonym(s): Cleome angustifolia var. diandra
Cleome diandra Burch. (1822)
Polanisia diandra (Burch.) T.Durand & Schinz (1898)
Cleome diandra var. pteropoda Welw. ex Oliv.
Cleome angustifolia var. pteropoda (Welw. ex Oliv.) Kers (TA = accepted; SA = rejected)
Cleome angustifolia var. namaquensis Kers
Cleome angustifolia var. damarensis Kers
Dianthera burchelliana Klotzsch ex Sond.
Polanisia dianthera DC. (1824)
Status: Native
Description: Erect glaucous herb 30-120 cm tall, simple to branched. Stems striate, pallid, glabrous to conspicuously aculeolate- glandular, sometimes with a fusiform swelling in the main stem. Leaves 3-9(-13)-foliolate, petiolate; petioles up to 6 cm long, glabrous; leaflets shortly petiolulate, glabrous, linear-filiform, 1-4(-5) cm long, 0.4-1 (-2) mm broad, becoming progressively smaller towards the inflorescence and grading into the bracts. Inflorescence a lax terminal raceme; bracts 1-3-foliolate, sessile or sub-sessile; pedicels slender, 1-2.5 cm long, glabrous or sparingly glandular, elongating in fruit to 3 cm long. Sepals oblong-lanceolate to ovate, 5-10 mm long, 2-4 mm broad, glabrous to glandular, apex rounded or acuminate. Petals yellow with, usually, a violet basal area, narrowed to the base to a short claw up to 4 mm long; the two lateral the larger, broadly obovate to obovate-oblanceolate, 0.9-2.4 cm long, 0.5-1.2 cm broad, the two median oblanceolate, 0.6-2.1 cm long, 2-3 mm broad, rounded at the apex. Stamens 8-18; fertile stamens 2 or 4 with filaments up to 4 cm long, incurved; anthers about 4 mm long; staminodes 6-12 (-16), 3-10 mm long, often clavate at the apex, with minute sterile anthers. Ovary linear, glabrous, 4 mm long; gynophore about 4 mm long; style 1 mm long; stigma capitate, minutely papillose. Capsule linear, 4-10 cm long, 3-4 mm broad, straight or slightly curved, spreading or deflexed; gynophore (0.5-)1-1.7 cm long, glabrous; style 5-10 mm long; valves glabrous or sparingly glandular, tapering to both ends, thin-textured, with about 9 anastomosing nerves on each side. Seeds brown, about 1.5 mm in diameter, surface reticulate-foveolate, subglabrous (when immature) or patently pubescent with bristle-like hairs of different lengths. (from Flora of Southern Africa for Cleome angustifolia)

Bracts unifoliolate; stems usually armed with aculeolate-glandular hairs; length of median petals usually equalling the lateral ones, seldom only three quarters of these. (from Flora of Southern Africa for Cleome angustifolia subsp. diandra)

Slender erect herb, up to 75 cm tall. Leaves palmately compound with 3-9 linear leaflets, 1-4 cm long, glabrous. Flowers in a lax terminal inflorescence, bright golden yellow with purple spots near the base of the petals. Fertile stamens 2, up to 4 cm long. Capsule 5-10 cm long, linear. (from Flora of Zimbabwe website)

Floral bracts undivided or absent in subsp. diandra. (from website / Lize von Staden)
Link(s) African Plant Database
JSTOR Plant Science
Kew Herbarium Catalogue
BGBM Berlin-Dahlem - Virtual Herbarium
Züricher Herbarien
iNaturalist (Namibia / Alex Dreyer)
iNaturalist (Namibia)
iNaturalist (southern Africa)
Flora of Zimbabwe
Fleurs de notre Terre - Galerie Namibie
Tree Atlas of Namibia
Content last updated: 18 Apr 2024

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