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Fringed Spider Flower

Cleome rutidosperma


Cleome rutidosperma (Capparaceae; common name: Purple Cleome, Fringed Spiderflower, Fringed Spider Flower, Spider Weed; synonym: C. ciliata). Fringed Spider Flower is an erect, branched, annual herb, growing up to 15-100 cm tall. The plant has angular stems and trifoliolate leaves on stalks 1.5-5 cm long. The leaflets are ovate to lancelike, 2-5 cm long, 0.5-2.5 cm wide. Crimson flowers, turning pink, occur singly in leaf axils. Sepals and petals are 4 in number. Petals are about a cm long. Fruit is a 2-valved, beaked capsule, 5-7 cm long, 4-5 mm wide. Fringed Spider Flower is native to Tropical Africa, naturalized in India and elsewhere. Source:


Backyard, in Biñan Laguna, Philippines.


Host plant of Psyche (Leptosia nina malayana): Host plant of Cabbage White (Pieris canidia canidia): Host plant of Striped Albatross (Appias libythea olferna): Considered as medicinal plant in the Philippines:

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Thanks Leuba for the comment.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 8 years ago

lovely flower and good set of photos. Thanks for the information too..

Thanks bhargav! 8 years ago

Amazing! 8 years ago

awesome pic!

Laguna, Philippines

Spotted on Sep 22, 2012
Submitted on Oct 13, 2012

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