Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition
Cleome aculeata L.
Linnaeus, C. (1767) Systema Naturae Edn. 12 2: 232. Type: Habitat in America. D. Zaega.
Prickly Spider Flower
Erect annual herb up to 50 cm tall, with prickles on stem.
Leaves mostly trifoliolate with simple leaves or bracts produced below each flower. Leaflet blades 48-85 x 28-45 mm, leaflet stalks nil or 2-3 mm long. Stipules spiny, curved, 1-3 mm long.
Pedicels 20-30 mm long, flowers 10-12 mm diam. Calyx lobes about 3 mm long. Corolla lobes 6-7 mm long, clawed, i.e. stalked. Anthers about 2 mm long, filaments about 4 mm long. Pollen yellow. Stamens and ovary seated on a green disk. Ovary about 2 mm long. Stigma sessile. Ovules numerous on each placenta.
Fruits about 4-6 mm long. Seeds numerous in each fruit, each seed about 2 mm diam., coiled like a snail and transversely ribbed but not extending completely across the seed. Funicle white.
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A weed of cultivation and agriculture.