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Cleome isomeris

Cleome isomeris Greene

Isomeris arborea Nutt.

Isomeris arborea Nutt. var. angustata Parish

Isomeris arborea Nutt. var. globosa Coville

Isomeris arborea Nutt. var. insularis Jeps.

Bladderpod, Arizona Bladderpod, Bladderpod Spiderflower

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassRosidaeRoses, legumes, proteas, dogwoods, hydrangeas, mistletoes, euphorbias, grapes, many more
OrderBrassicalesMustard, cabbage, caper, papaya, nasturtiums, many others; most produce mustard oil
FamilyCleomaceaeCaper family
GenusCleomeAn ancient name of some mustard-like plant
SpeciesisomerisFrom Greek isos, “equal,” and meris,, “part,” perhaps referring to the equal halves of the pods

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Bladderpod spiderflowers—what a great name!—are North American natives.

Identification: This shrub has a scent variously described as ”unusual,” “ill-scented,” or “pungent smelling.” It is remarkably rounded or oval in shape, up to 8' (2.4 m) around, evergreen, with inconspicuous thin gray-green leaves ½-1¾" (1.5-4.5 cm) long, usually in groups of three. Attractive bright yellow flowers with long stamens appear everywhere on the shrub. The fruits (the “bladderpods”) are variably shaped, resembling inflated paper lanterns. They are 1-1½" (3-4 cm) long, approximately oval, and smooth.

Online References:

Cleome isomeris on Wildflowers in Santa Barbara

Cleome isomeris at Illinois Wildflowers

Cleome isomeris on the USDA Plants Database

Cleome isomeris at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Cleome isomeris as Compiled by the Master Gardeners of the University of Arizona Pima County Cooperative Extension

Cleome isomeris on Desert-tropicals.com

Cleome isomeris from the Jepson Manual

Cleome isomeris (Bladderpod, Arizona Bladderpod, Bladderpod Spiderflower)

2/17/2007 · Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, CA ID is uncertain

Cleome isomeris description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.

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Cleome isomeris (Bladderpod, Arizona Bladderpod, Bladderpod Spiderflower)

2/26/2010 · Torrey Pines State Park, La Jolla, CA
≈ 3 × 4½" (7.9 × 11 cm)

Cleome isomeris (Bladderpod, Arizona Bladderpod, Bladderpod Spiderflower)

2/26/2010 · Torrey Pines State Park, La Jolla, CA
≈ 2 × 3" (5.6 × 7.5 cm)

Range: Zones 7-10:

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