Burmann's Spider Flower
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Burmann's Spider Flower
A Native Photo: Dinesh Valke
Common name: Burmann's Spider Flower
Botanical name: Sieruela rutidosperma var. burmannii    Family: Cleomaceae (Spider Flower family)
Synonyms: Cleome burmannii, Cleome rutidosperma var. burmannii

Burmann's Spider Flower is an annual herb, prostrate in the lower part, rising up above. Branches are hairless and prickly. Leaves are trifoliolate, leaflets 3-4 x 2 cm, obovate, pointed at both ends, leaf-stalk 2.5-3.5 cm. Flowers are pink to purple, about 7 mm across, solitary, in leaf-axils, flower-stalk 1.5-2.5 cm; sepals 4 mm, oblong, tapering; petals 6 mm long, obovate. Stamens are 6; gynophore up to 7 mm long, ovary about 6 mm. Capsule is ip to 4 cm linear. Burmann's Spider Flower is found in Peninsular India and Sri Lanka.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Maharashtra.

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