Heart-Leaf Tickweed
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Heart-Leaf Tickweed
A Native Photo: Rakesh Singh
Common name: Heart-Leaf Tickweed
Botanical name: Cleome scaposa    Family: Cleomaceae (Spider Flower family)
Synonyms: Cleome cordata, Cleome gracilis, Cleome linearis

Heart-Leaf Tickweed is an annual or perennating herb, 10-30 cm tall, slender, erect, sparsely branched from below, hairy with glandular or eglandular hairs. Flowers are borne in rather lax, elongated racemes, increasing up to 20 cm in fruit, often bracteate below. Flowers are 3-4 mm across, actinomorphic, white turning yellowish rarely pinkish; flower-stalk 2.5-4.5 mm long increasing up to 1 cm in fruit, thread-like, ultimately spreading, slender. Sepals are about 2 mm long, elliptic, glandular velvet-hairy. Petals are 3-4 mm long, oblong-obovate, yellowish. Stamens are 6, about as long as the petals, not protruding. Leaves are simple, nearly round to ovate-elliptic; blade 1.0-2.0 cm long, 0.5-2 cm broad, scabrous or papillose; leaf-stalk 0.5-2 cm long, fringed with hairs hairy; upper leaves almost stalkless. Capsule is linear, 2-3 cm long, 1 mm broad, slender. Heart-Leaf Tickweed is native to Africa to Central India.

Identification credit: Rohit Patel Photographed in Gujarat.

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