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Annual, perennial herb, shrub, often ill-smelling. Leaf: generally 1-palmate, generally alternate, generally petioled; stipules generally minute, often bristle-like or hairy; leaflets 0 or 3–7. Inflorescence: raceme, head, or flowers 1, expanded in fruit; bracts generally 3-parted below, simple above, or 0. Flower: generally bisexual, radial to ± bilateral; sepals generally 4, free or fused, generally persistent; petals generally 4, free, ± clawed; stamens generally 6, free, exserted, anthers generally coiling at dehiscence; ovary superior, generally on stalk-like receptacle, chamber generally 1, placentas generally 2, parietal, style 1, persistent, stigma generally minute, ± head-like. Fruit: 2 nutlets or generally capsule, septicidal; valves generally 2, deciduous, leaving septum (frame-like placentas) behind; pedicel generally ± reflexed to spreading.
17 genera, ± 150 species: widespread tropics to arid temperate. [Iltis & Cochrane 2007 Novon 17:447–451] Treated as Capparaceae in TJM (1993). —Scientific Editor: Thomas J. Rosatti.
Unabridged references: [Ernst 1963 J Arnold Arbor 44:81–93]
Key to Cleomaceae
Annual, sticky, glandular-hairy. Leaf: leaflets 3–5, oblanceolate to ovate. Inflorescence: raceme, terminal, dense. Flower: bilateral; sepals ± free, deciduous; petals generally unequal, obovate, clawed, notched at tip; stamens 8–32, unequal, anthers not coiling; ovary ± sessile, subtended on 1 side by a prominent nectary. Fruit: dehiscent in upper 1/2; valves persistent; receptacle not stalk-like. Seed: many.
5 species: North America. (Greek: many, unequal, from stamens) [Inda et al. 2008 Plant Syst Evol 274:111–126] Taxonomic position problematic.
Previous taxon: Peritoma serrulata
Next taxon: Polanisia dodecandra subsp. trachysperma
Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2013. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on Aug 3 2015
Citation for this treatment: [Author of taxon treatment] 2013. Polanisia, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=10313, accessed on Aug 3 2015
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