Cleome lutea - Hook.
Yellow Spider-flower
Other English Common Names: Yellow Spiderflower
Other Common Names: yellow spiderflower
Taxonomic Status: Accepted
Related ITIS Name(s): Cleome lutea Hook. (TSN 22620)
Unique Identifier: ELEMENT_GLOBAL.2.157153
Element Code: PDCPP03070
Informal Taxonomy: Plants, Vascular - Flowering Plants - Caper Family
 
Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family Genus
Plantae Anthophyta Dicotyledoneae Capparales Capparaceae Cleome
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Concept Reference
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Concept Reference: Kartesz, J.T. 1994. A synonymized checklist of the vascular flora of the United States, Canada, and Greenland. 2nd edition. 2 vols. Timber Press, Portland, OR.
Concept Reference Code: B94KAR01HQUS
Name Used in Concept Reference: Cleome lutea
Conservation Status
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NatureServe Status

Global Status: G5
Global Status Last Reviewed: 06Jul2004
Global Status Last Changed: 06Jul2004
Rounded Global Status: G5 - Secure
Reasons: Extremely widespread species of the western U.S. Found in sandy areas; weedy roadsides.
Nation: United States
National Status: NNR

U.S. & Canada State/Province Status
United States Arizona (SNR), California (SNR), Colorado (SNR), Idaho (SNR), Montana (S1S2), Nebraska (SNR), Nevada (SNR), New Mexico (SNR), Oregon (SNR), Utah (SNR), Washington (SNR), Wyoming (S3)

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Range Extent Comments: E. WA to CA, east to MT, NE, and TX. Peripheral.

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Distribution
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Global Range: E. WA to CA, east to MT, NE, and TX. Peripheral.

U.S. States and Canadian Provinces
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U.S. & Canada State/Province Distribution
United States AZ, CA, CO, ID, MT, NE, NM, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY

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State County Name (FIPS Code)
MT Big Horn (30003)*, Carbon (30009)
* Extirpated/possibly extirpated
U.S. Distribution by Watershed Help
Watershed Region Help Watershed Name (Watershed Code)
10 Clarks Fork Yellowstone (10070006)+, Big Horn Lake (10080010)+, Shoshone (10080014)+
+ Natural heritage record(s) exist for this watershed
* Extirpated/possibly extirpated
Ecology & Life History
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General Description: Yellow Bee Plant is an annual herb with simple to branched stems that are 10-30 cm high. The leaves have long, 2-6 cm petioles and 3-5 narrowly lance-shaped, 2-6 cm long leaflets that are arranged like the fingers on a hand. Foliage is glabrous to sparsely hairy with a thin, pale, waxy coating. The yellow flowers are borne on 10-20 mm long, ascending stalks, and are densely clustered in a globular inflorescence that greatly expands as the fruit matures. Each flower is subtended by a green bract; the lowest flowers resemble leaves, while the uppermost are short and narrow. Flowers have a 4-lobed calyx and 4 separate petals that are 5-8 mm long. There are 6 stamens, which are greatly exserted beyond the petals. The pod-like capsules are 15-35 mm long and borne on arching stalks that are as long as the fruit.
Diagnostic Characteristics: The palmately compound leaves and the yellow, 4-parted flowers with strongly exserted stamens distinguish this species from other species of CLEOME; the latter in our area have pinkish flowers.
Economic Attributes Not yet assessed
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Management Summary Not yet assessed
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Population/Occurrence Delineation Not yet assessed
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Population/Occurrence Viability
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U.S. Invasive Species Impact Rank (I-Rank) Not yet assessed
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Authors/Contributors
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NatureServe Conservation Status Factors Edition Date: 06Jul2004
NatureServe Conservation Status Factors Author: Maybury, K.
Element Ecology & Life History Edition Date: 15Oct1994
Element Ecology & Life History Author(s): JM

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References
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  • Kartesz, J.T. 1994. A synonymized checklist of the vascular flora of the United States, Canada, and Greenland. 2nd edition. 2 vols. Timber Press, Portland, OR.

  • Kartesz, J.T. 2003. A synonymized checklist and atlas with biological attributes for the vascular flora of the United States, Canada, and Greenland. Draft April 2003 (including county distribution). North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill, N.C.

  • Lesica, P. and P. L. Achuff. 1992. Distribution of vascular plant species of special concern and limited distribution in the Pryor Mountain desert, Carbon County, Montana. Unpublished report to the Bureau of Land Management. Montana Natural Heritage Program, Helena, MT. 105 pp.

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  • Vanderpool, S., W. J. Elisens, and J. R. Estes. 1989. Crossing relationships and allozyme differentiation among infraspecific taxa of CLEOME LUTEA (Capparaceae). American Journal of Botany 76:278.

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