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Common Name: African Spider Flower
Cleome gynandra is an annual plant that can grow up to 1.30 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine..
Tropical and Sub-Tropical zones.
Open areas and uncultivated land to an elevation of 300 metres in Nepal[
Prefers a light fertile soil in a warm dry sunny position with plenty of room to spread[
A frost tender plant, it can be grown as a summer annual in Britain[
A decoction of the root is used to treat fevers[
]. The juice of the root is used to relieve scorpion stings[
The leaves, applied as a poultice, are used as a vesicant and rubefacient in the treatment of rheumatism[
]. The juice of the leaves is a remedy for pain in the ear[
The seeds are anthelmintic and rubefacient[
The whole plant is used in the treatment of scorpion stings and snake bites[
Seed - surface sow or only lightly cover the seed in spring in a greenhouse[
]. The seed usually germinates in 5 - 14 days at 25°c[
]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in late spring. Day time temperatures below 20°c depress germination but a night time fall to 20° is necessary[