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This text currently parallels The Jepson Manual: Vascular Plants of California, Second Edition that is now available at the University of California Press.
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Annual, generally glabrous.
Stem: generally ascending to erect, sometimes prostrate when older, generally branched from base, often red-tinged.
Leaf: generally many; petiole generally 7–20 mm; leaflets generally 3.
Inflorescence: raceme, ± terminal, flowers 1 in leaf axils, or both; pedicel generally 4–25 mm.
Flower: parts generally yellow; sepals fused in basal 1/3, generally entire; petals ± sessile, upper 2 often recurved.
Fruit: 2–6 mm, often wider than long; septum elliptic to round; receptacle stalk-like.
Seed: < 10.
± 10 species: arid w North America. (Diminutive of Cleome) [Holmgren 2004 Brittonia 56:103–106]
1. Receptacle in fruit 0.3–3 mm; petals < 3 mm
2. Fls 1 in leaf axils; receptacle reflexed in fruit ..... C. brevipes
2' Fls in racemes, sometimes also 1 in leaf axils; receptacle spreading to ascending in fruit ..... C. parviflora
1' Receptacle in fruit 6–15 mm; petals 3.5–9 mm
3. Plant hairy; older stems prostrate ..... C. obtusifolia
3' Plant glabrous; older stems ascending to erect
4. Branches 0 or generally from lower nodes; leaf elliptic to ovate ..... C. hillmanii var. hillmanii
4' Branches generally from upper nodes; leaf linear-elliptic ..... C. plocasperma
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