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Genus: Cleome

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Rosids > Eurosid II > Order: Brassicales > Family: Cleomaceae

About 275 species (tropics and warm regions worldwide), with 21 species native to southern Africa, one species naturalised and a further species that is cultivated in the region.

Species native to southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI), Flora of Zimbabwe and Flora of Mozambique.

Cleome angustifolia

See Flora of Zimbabwe.

 

Cleome bororensis

 

Cleome carnosa

 

Cleome conrathii

 

Cleome elegantissima

 

Cleome foliosa

 

Cleome gynandra (Cat whiskers, Spider-wisp, African cabbage)

Native to Africa but is now widespread in tropical and subtropical regions of the World. It is a nutritious green leafy vegetable and is harvested from wild populations and is also cultivated for food. See Flora of Zimbabwe.

 

Cleome hirta

See Flora of Zimbabwe.

 

Cleome iberidella

 

Cleome kalachariensis

 

Cleome laburnifolia

 

Cleome macrophylla

See Flora of Zimbabwe.

 

Cleome maculata

 

Cleome monophylla

See Flora of Zimbabwe.

 

Cleome oxyphylla

See Flora of Zimbabwe.

 

Cleome paxii

 

Cleome rubella

 

Cleome schlechteri

 

Cleome semitetrandra

 

Cleome stricta

Recorded from Mozambique.

 

Cleome suffruticosa

 

Species naturalised to southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI),

Cleome hassleriana (Spider flower)

Native from Brazil to Argentina. See Wikipedia

 

Other species, cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Cleome spinosa

Native to Central America.

 

Links

Publications

  • Glen, H.F. 2002. Cultivated Plants of Southern Africa. Jacana, Johannesburg.

 


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