Cleomaceae Bercht. & J.Presl

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:

Annual or perennial herbs or shrubs. Leaves alternate, usually palmately divided, sometimes simple; stipules usually present. Inflorescence a raceme or corymb, flowers sometimes solitary. Flowers bisexual, actinomorphic or slightly zygomorphic; sepals 4; petals 4; stamens 6–32, filaments free or basally fused to gynophore, nectaries sometimes associated with stamens; ovary superior, 1-carpellate (rarely with 2 carpels), bilocular, ovules 1–many per locule; style 1, stigma capitate; placentation parietal. Fruit usually a pedicellate capsule, elongate, dehiscent by lateral valves.

25 genera and c. 270 species, almost cosmopolitan, in tropical and temperate regions; 5 genera and c. 20 species (6 naturalised) in Australia.

Cleomaceae is sometimes included in Capparaceae.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2015-09-08
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2020-09-30
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Brassicales
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
genus Polanisia
genus Tarenaya