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Cleome monophylla - L.
                 
Common Name
Family Capparidaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats A weed of fields and waste places[240].
Range S. Africa.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun

Summary

Cleome monophylla


Cleome monophylla
   
Physical Characteristics
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Cleome monophylla is a ANNUAL growing to 0.5 m (1ft 8in).
It is frost tender. It is in leaf 10-May. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs)Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats
 Cultivated Beds;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Leaves.
Edible Uses: Condiment.

Leaves - cooked and used like spinach[183]. The young shoots and flowers can also be used[183]. The pungent seed is used as a mustard substitute[183].
Medicinal Uses


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Restorative.

The pounded root is put on the lips to restore consciousness when in a faint[240].
Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details
Prefers a light fertile soil in a warm dry sunny position with plenty of room to spread[1, 200]. A frost tender plant, it can be grown as a summer annual in Britain[200].
Propagation
Seed - surface sow or only lightly cover the seed in spring in a greenhouse[164]. The seed usually germinates in 5 - 14 days at 25°c[164]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in late spring. Day time temperatures below 20°c depress germination but a night time fall to 20° is necessary[164].

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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Cleome viscosaTickweed, Asian spiderflower22
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Botanical References
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Readers comment
 
Elizabeth H.
kenneth Nnalenna Tue Jun 20 2006
How about adding some pictures and probabbly mention other countries that contain the plant.I realise most students like me are willing to study much about such crops otherwise you are using very simple english and it is easy to understand.
Elizabeth H.
Bramman Avery Mon Oct 1 2007
Rode in a cab with an Asian gentleman who said that he puts cleome leaves up with salt than adds water and uses it as a pickle on roast meats. Said one could also add whole fresh hop peppers and bean sprouts and that the peppers would lose their hotness in the brining process. He said that if one wanted it to work faster one should use hot water. Bramman Avery at averyspecs@earthlink.net
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