Cleome angustifolia Forssk.
subsp. diandra (Burch.) Kers

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Cleome angustifolia subsp. diandra

Photo: Bart Wursten
Hwali River bridge

Cleome angustifolia subsp. diandra

Photo: Bart Wursten
Hwali River bridge.

Cleome angustifolia subsp. diandra

Photo: Bart Wursten
Hwali River bridge.

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Synonyms: Cleome diandra Burch.
Dianthera burchelliana Klotzsch ex Sond.
Dianthera petersiana Klotzsch ex Sond.
Polanisia diandra (Burch.) Dur. & Schinz
Common names: Yellow mouse-whiskers (English)
Status: Native
Slender erect herb, up to 75 cm tall. Leaves palmately compound with 3-9 linear leaflets, 1-4 cm long, glabrous. Flowers in a lax terminal inflorescence, bright golden yellow with purple spots near the base of the petals. Fertile stamens 2, up to 4 cm long. Capsule 5-10 cm long, linear.
Derivation of specific name: angustifolia: narrow-leaved
Habitat: In mopane woodland and other dry woodland, sometimes as a weed of cultivation.
Altitude range: (metres)
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Worldwide distribution: Angola, Botswana, DRC, Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Limpopo and Mpumalanga, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,S
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Images last updated: Saturday 7 February 2009

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

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

Wild, H. (1960). Capparaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(1) Pages 201 - 204. As Cleome diandra (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Botswana: Cleome angustifolia subsp. diandra
Flora of Mozambique: Cleome angustifolia subsp. diandra

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Cleome angustifolia
African Plant Database: Cleome angustifolia
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Cleome angustifolia
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Cleome angustifolia
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Cleome angustifolia
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Cleome angustifolia
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Cleome angustifolia
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Cleome angustifolia
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Cleome angustifolia
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Cleome angustifolia
Ispot Southern Africa: Cleome angustifolia
JSTOR Plant Science: Cleome angustifolia
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Cleome angustifolia
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Cleome angustifolia
The Plant List (version 1.1): Cleome angustifolia
Tropicos: Cleome angustifolia

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Cleome angustifolia subsp. diandra., retrieved 25 May 2019

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