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Leaves and flowers.. Copyright CSIRO
Herbarium specimen showing flowers and fruit.. Copyright CSIRO
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.
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.
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Distribution and Ecology
An introduced species originally fromMexico and South America now naturalized in the NT and NEQ. Altitudinal range 10-200 m. Usually grows in openings in rainforest, mixed forest and Eucalypt forest also in various types of woodland and creek beds.
A weed of cultivation and agriculture.
Herb (herbaceous or woody, under 1 m tall)