Origin of cleomeModern Latin
any of a large genus (Cleome) of mostly tropical plants of the caper family, with white, pink, yellow, green, or purple flowers having stalked petals and long stamens; spider flower
Any of various often strong-smelling plants of the genus Cleome, native chiefly to warm regions and including several ornamentals. Also called spider flower .
Origin of cleomeNew Latin Cleome genus name coined by Carolus Linnaeus (perhaps with reference to the resemblance of the racemes and siliques of cleomes to those of mustards) from Late Latin cleoma hedge mustard (Sisymbrium officinale) or a related species probably of Greek origin and perhaps ultimately (with reference to the traditional use of hedge mustard by singers and orators as a remedy for sore throat) from Greek kleos fame, glory or kleiein to tell of, make famous ; see Clio .
Formerly placed in family Capparaceae.