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Cleome rutidosperma
This information is part of a full datasheet available in the Crop Protection Compendium (CPC); For information on how to access the CPC, click here.


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Host plants / species affected

Main hosts

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Dioscorea (yam)
Elaeis guineensis (African oil palm)
Gossypium (cotton)
Saccharum officinarum (sugarcane)
Zea mays (maize)

List of symptoms / signs

Prevention and control

Cultural Control

Fantastico and Mercado (1985) recommended thick mulching as a means to prevent the emergence of C. rutidosperma seedlings. In maize crops in the Philippines, Pamplona et al. (1988) used integrated cultural control techniques (high crop density, application of fertiliser to promote crop establishment and interrow culture) coupled with the application of herbicides to control C. rutidosperma. Similar techniques have been recommended in cotton (Paller and Lijauco, 1981). In Nigeria, Unamma and Melifonwu (1988) recommended four weekly hand weedings for the first 8-12 weeks after sowing of white yam crops.

Chemical Control

Due to the variable regulations around (de-)registration of pesticides, we are for the moment not including any specific chemical control recommendations. For further information, we recommend you visit the following resources: