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Yellow Mouse-whiskers

Yellow Mouse-whiskers (Cleome angustifolia) have flowered in abundance this summer. No two seasons are the same, and it is interesting to observe and compare over the years the conditions that favour different species of plants.

This is the year of the Yellow Mouse-whisker plant, that under favourable conditions is widespread over southern Africa. It is very noticeable in the veld, especially in Camp, where it enjoys growing in previously disturbed areas. These may be areas previously disturbed from build sites, road verges and paths.

Yellow-Mouse whisper is a herb with compound leaves and has the most delicate, beautiful yellow flower. The leaves are compound and the fruit are slender pod-like structures. They can grow up to 750 mm in height.



by John Llewellyn