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Short-pedicelled Cleomella Back to Plant Page
Cleomella brevipes

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About Short-pedicelled Cleomella (Cleomella brevipes) Cleomella brevipes is a species of flowering plant in the cleome family known by the common name shortstalk stinkweed. It is native to the Mojave Desert and adjacent hills, where it grows in wet alkaline environments such as mineral-rich desert hot springs. It is an annual herb producing a rough, waxy, red stem up to about 45 centimeters tall. The stem is lined with many small fleshy leaves, each divided into three leaflets. Flowers appear in the leaf axils all along the stem, often all the way down to the base. Each grows at the end of a short, erect pedicel. The flower has four tiny yellow sepals and four tiny yellow petals. The fruit is a somewhat rounded, hanging capsule developing at the end of the remaining flower receptacle.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Annual herb

Max. Height
0.16 - 1.5 ft (0.05 - 0.46 m)

Flower Color

Native Status
Natural Setting
Elevation ?
1083' - 7444'

Annual Precip. ?
3.1" - 30.8"

Summer Precip. ?
0.19" - 2.74"

Coldest Month ?
29.1° F - 54.9° F

Hottest Month ?
60.7° F - 86.0° F

Humidity ?
1.15 vpd - 42.60 vpd

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
Shortstalk Stinkweed

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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