Cleome hirta (Klotzsch) Oliv.

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Cleome hirta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Domboshawa

Cleome hirta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near base of Domboshawa Hill

Cleome hirta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near base of Domboshawa Hill

Cleome hirta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near base of Domboshawa Hill

Cleome hirta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near base of Domboshawa Hill

Cleome hirta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mana Pools, by main road to camp

Cleome hirta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mana Pools, by main road to camp

Cleome hirta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mana Pools, by main road to camp

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Synonyms: Cleome bechuanensis Bremek. & Oberm.
Decastemon hirtus Klotzsch
Common names: Kalumekachisiungwa (Tonga: Zimbabwe) Sticky purple cleome (English) Sticky purple mousewhiskers (English)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Description:
Erect annual or short-lived perennial herb, up to 1.6 m tall. The digitate leaves have 5 to 9 linear leaflets and are covered with gland-tipped, sticky hairs. Bracts of inflorescence conspicuous. Petals purplish or pink, with yellow markings. Stamens 10-12. Capsule up to 16 cm, linear.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: hirta: hairy
Habitat: Widespread in various types of woodland but tends to be more common in lower, drier types, such as Acacia or Mopane woodlands.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1600 m
Flowering time:Jan - May
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Botswana, DRC, Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Limpopo and Mpumalanga, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Images last updated: Sunday 4 December 2011
Literature:

Bandeira, S., Bolnick, D. & Barbosa, F. (2007). Wild Flowers of Southern Mozambique Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique Page 83. (Includes a picture).

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 86 - 87. (Includes a picture).

Fabian, A. & Germishuizen, G. (1997). Wild Flowers of Northern South Africa. Fernwood Press, Vlaeburg. Pages 144 - 145. (Includes a picture).

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 40. (Includes a picture).

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 257. (Includes a picture).

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 48. (Includes a picture).

Plowes, D.C.H. & Drummond, R.B. (1990). Wild Flowers of Zimbabwe. Revised edition. Longman, Zimbabwe. No. 48, plate 71

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 44.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 202.

Wild, H. (1960). Capparaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(1) Pages 199 - 200.


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Cleome hirta.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=124340, retrieved 29 June 2016

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