Monographs Details: Cleome L.
Authority: Gleason, Henry A. & Cronquist, Arthur J. 1991. Manual of vascular plants of northeastern United States and adjacent Canada. lxxv + 910 pp.
Description:Genus Description - Pet equal or nearly so, entire; receptacle bearing an adaxial, usually rounded or pointed, mostly greenish or yellowish gland between the cor and the androecium; style mostly (incl our spp.) very short; frs usually long-stipitate, reticulately veined, opening from the base upwards, the valves deciduous; annuals with palmately compound or trifoliolate lvs, simple bracts, and handsome fls in elongating terminal racemes. 200, mainly warm reg.
In addition to the following spp., the Middle-Eastern C. ornithopodioides L. is adventive on chrome ore piles in Ky. It is slender, to 5 dm, with strongly glandular stem, trifoliolate lvs (the lfls to 1.5 cm) and small fls (the pet only 1–2 mm) and frs (1.5–3.5 cm).