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The Manual of Flowering Plants of Hawaii (Wagner et al., 1999 [rev. ed.]; p. 494) states "Native to...Hawaii...; in Hawaii possibly native...." and (in the next sentence/paragraph) "Cleome spinosa, presumably native to Hawaii, was collected on many of the early exploring expeditions. Howver, it was last collected in 1865-1865...and the Hawaiian populations are now presumed extinct." It continues: "...the Hawaiian material...probably should be recognized as an extinct endemic subspecies of C. spinosa." Cleome spinosa is native to "tropical South America from Mexico to northern South America, the West Indies, and Hawaii"; in Hawaii, ca. 0-250m on Niihau, Oahu, and Maui (presumed extinct in Hawaii).
Cleome spinosa information from the Smithsonian's Flora of the Hawaiian Islands
Information about Cleome spinosa--including nomenclature and synonymy, and status and distribution in Hawaii--is provided by the "Flora of the Hawaiian Islands" website of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Links from this page include descriptive information about the species, as well as worldwide distributional information and general information about the genus.
Cleome spinosa information from ITIS
The Integrated Taxonomic Information System ITIS provides authoritative taxonomic information on Cleome spinosa, as well as other plants, animals, fungi, and microbes of North America and the world.
IPNI nomenclature info for Cleome spinosa
Nomenclatural information about Cleome spinosa is provided by The International Plant Names Index (IPNI).
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