New Mexico Wildflowers: Cleomaceae

These wildflowers were previously included in the caper family (Capparaceae). As far as I can tell, the family hasn't been around long enough to pick up an English name.


Flowers are organized alphabetically by genus and species. Hover over a photo series to control the images.

 Rocky Mountain Beeplant (Peritoma serrulata)

This plant was formerly known as Cleome serrulata, and is listed as such in many guides. For years I knew it simply as beeweed. One photo shows how the individual flower has four petals.  Except on the flower stalks, the leaves are pointed and come in threes. The boiled-down sap from this plant may have been used to create the carbon-based black paint on some Ancestral Puebloan pots.


Red-Whisker Clammyweed (Polanisia dodecandra)