Cat Spider Flower
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Cat Spider Flower
P Native Herb trifoliate Photo: Siddarth Machado
Common name: Cat Spider Flower
Botanical name: Cleome felina    Family: Cleomaceae (Spider Flower family)
Synonyms: Polanisia felina

Cat Spider Flower is a prostrate herb, up to 50 cm long; branchlets radiating, ascending. Leaves are apically simple, basally 3-foliate; leaflets obovate; middle one 1.5-3 x 0.7-1 cm; laterals 0.5-1 x 0.5-0.7 cm, base wedge-shaped, margin fringed with hairs, tip blunt, leaf-stalk up to 2 cm. Flower racemes are 5.5 cm long, flowers 1.5 cm across. Sepals are 4, linear or lanceshaped, 5 x 0.5 mm long. Petals are 4, rose, obovate, 7 x 2.5 mm, velvet-hairy without, stamens 20-25. Capsule flat, 3 x 0.5 cm, closely striped, hairless, beak 2.5 mm, seeds many, 1.5 mm across. Common in Eastern Ghats. Flowering: May-November.

Identification credit: Siddarth Machado Photographed in Anathapur District, Andhra Pradesh.

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