Rough Spider Flower
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Rough Spider Flower
ative Photo: S. Kasim
Common name: Rough Spider Flower
Botanical name: Cleome aspera    Family: Cleomaceae (Spider Flower family)
Synonyms: Cleome prostrata

Rough Spider Flower is an annual herb, branching from the base, spiny. Leaves are trifoliate at base, simple towards top, terminal leaflets up to 2 cm, gland dotted. Leaflets are inverted-lanceshaped, flat at base. Leaf-stalks are 0.5 cm long. Yellow flowers are borne in racemes. Sepals are 4, 1 mm, linear, petals 4, 3 mm long, yellow. Capsule is 3 cm long, linear, hairless, ridges prominent. Rough Spider Flower is found in Indo-Malesia - in India it is confined to Peninsular India.

Identification credit: S. Kasim Photographed in Vellore, Tamilnadu.

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