Cleomella longipes


Hooker’s J. Bot. Kew Gard. Misc. 2: 255. 1850.

Treatment appears in FNA Volume 7. Treatment on page 211. Mentioned on page 210.

Plants (rarely perennial) 30–80 cm. Stems sparsely branched (central stem dominant); glabrous. Leaves: stipules linear, 0.5–1 mm (scarious); petiole 0.8–2 cm; leaflet blade oblanceolate to oblong-lanceolate, 1.5–3 × 0.4–1 cm, thin, margins entire, apex acute to rounded or slightly emarginate, surfaces glabrous. Inflorescences racemes, terminating stems and branches, 2–12 cm (10–50 cm in fruit); bracts unifoliate, 5–12 mm (distalmost flowers often absent). Pedicels ascending in fruit, 4–6 mm (5–8 mm in fruit). Flowers: sepals green, lanceolate, 0.9–2.2 × 0.5–0.7 mm, glabrous; petals yellow, oblong, 6–9 × 2–4 mm, glabrous; stamens yellow, 8–12 mm; anthers 1.5–1.9 mm; gynophore ascending, 6–17 mm in fruit; ovary rhomboidal, 1–1.5 mm; style 1–2 mm. Capsules rhomboidal, 4–8 × 6–10 mm, glabrous. Seeds 6–16, dark brown, globose, 2–2.2 mm, smooth. 2n = 34.

Phenology: Flowering late spring–late summer.
Habitat: Saline or alkaline flats
Elevation: 500-1000 m


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Ariz., N.Mex., Tex., Mexico.


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Lower Taxa