Cleome L.

Spider Flower

Herbs or shrubs, mostly foul-smelling when crushed and often with glandular hairs. Leaves simple or compound, mostly palmate. Flowers in racemes or solitary, irregular, green to white, pink or purple; petals 4, mostly with a long base; stamens usually 6, long. Ovary often on a stalk (gynophore). Fruit a capsule opening by 2 valves with the partition remaining.

Foul smell; stalked ovary; spidery appearance of flowers.

About 150 species mostly from tropical and subtropical species.

Source: Spencer, R. (1997). Capparaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Rosanae
order      Brassicales
family       Brassicaceae