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Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
Cleome lutea Hook.
Yellow spiderflower, Yellow spider-flower, Yellow beeplant, Yellow caper, Golden caper
USDA Symbol: CLLU2
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
An erect, leafy, 1-3 ft. annual, branching especially in the upper portions of the plant. Palmately compound leaves bear 3-7 leaflets. Showy, 4-petaled, yellow flowers crowd together in a dense, terminal raceme. Seed pods are long and narrow. A branched plant with palmately compound leaves and racemes of small yellow flowers at the tops.
The genus name was used by the Greek philosopher Theophrastus for a plant resembling mustard, and while the flowers resemble those of mustards, the ovary on a jointed stalk and palmately compound leaves distinguish this as a member of the Capparaceae family. The similar Golden Spider Flower (C. platycarpa), from eastern Oregon, southwestern Idaho, and adjacent portions of California and Nevada, has hairs on stems and leaves tipped with glands.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual Habit: Herb Leaf:
Green Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug
AZ , CA , CO , ID , MT , NE , NM , NV , OR , UT , WA , WY Native Distribution:
E. WA to e. CA, e. Bighorn Co, MT & n.w. NM Native Habitat:
River bottoms; stream banks; sandy flats; desert plains USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Soil Description: Sandy or rocky soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Native Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
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Record Modified: 2010-09-09
Research By: TWC Staff