Asian Spider Flower

  • Plant Type: Annual herb.
  • Common Names: Asian Spider Flower, Yellow Spider Flower, Cleome, Tickweed.
  • Color: Whitish or yellowish.
  • Flower Dimensions: 0.39- 0.59 inches across.
  • Flowering Seasons/Months: July-October
  • Desert with Asian Spider Flower: Thar.

Asian Spider Flower Characteristics

Asian Spider Flower

Cleome viscosa is an annual herb that belongs to the Cleomaceae family. It is synonymous with Polanisia viscosa.

  • It is a fast-growing herb with a strong penetrating odor.
  • The Asian Spider herbs are typically tall. However, it can grow to a height of up to a meter. The plants are hairy.
  • Cleome viscosa possesses leaves that are digitately compound. They have 3-5 leaflets. These leaflets are obovate, elliptic-oblong.
  • The racemes of the Asian Spider Flower are up to 30 cm in length. These species have 4 petals and 4 sepals. The petals are oblong-obovate, and the sepals are oblong-lanceolate. The pedicels of the flowers are 6-20 mm in length.

Asian Spider Flower

Asian Spider Facts

Yellow Spider Flower

  • The seeds of the Cleome viscosa[1] plant are edible. It is rich in potassium, calcium, sodium, magnesium, iron, manganese, silicon, boron, chloride, nitrogen, zinc, copper, and phosphorous.
  • According to research,[2] the seeds of C. viscosaare effective in helminthic infections, convulsions, fever, diarrhea, and skin diseases.
  • The extracts from the flower and leaves of Cleome viscosa[3] manifest effective antimicrobial activity. In addition, it is shown to be significant against bacteria and fungi.
  • The Cleome viscosa is an effective herb[4] for the treatment of otitis media.
  • Research cited that the whole plant is widely used in traditional medicine. For example, the leaves of the Asian Spider Flower are used for the treatment of infections, fever, and headaches.

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Key References
  • [1]“International Journal of PharmTech Research CODEN (USA): IJPRIF ISSN : 0974-4304 Vol. 3, No.2, pp 925-928, April-June 2011 Detection of Elements Present in Edible Seeds of Cleome viscosa”. Accessed September 12, 2022. Link.
  • [2]“Full article: Cleome viscosa (wild mustard): A review on ethnobotany, phytochemistry, and pharmacology”. Accessed September 12, 2022. Link.
  • [3]“Evaluation of antimicrobial activity of Cleome viscosa and Gmelina asiatica – ScienceDirect”. Accessed September 12, 2022. Link.
  • [4]“Asian Spiderflower, CLEOME VISCOSA”. Accessed September 12, 2022. Link.

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