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Cleomella angustifolia

Cleomella angustifolia Torr.

Narrowleaf Rhombopod, Cleomella

Capparaceae (Caper Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Palmate , Trifoliate
Leaf Shape: Elliptic , Linear
Leaf Pubescence: Glabrous
Leaf Margin: Entire
Leaf Apex: Acute
Inflorescence: Raceme , Terminal
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 6 feet tall, often shorter.
Flower: Petals 4

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Orange , Yellow
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug


USA: CO , KS , NE , OK , TX
Native Habitat: Pond shores, stream bottoms, roadsides, grasslands, heavy alkaline clay or sandy soils.

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 76 - Kansas Wildflowers and Grasses (1996) Kansas State University
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Cleomella angustifolia in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Cleomella angustifolia in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Cleomella angustifolia


Record Modified: 2022-12-09
Research By: TWC Staff

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