ROCKY MOUNTAIN BEEPLANT, Cleome serrulata Pursh. 1, upper part of plant; 2, lower part of plant; 3, seed. Annual, reproducing by seeds. Stems 2 to 8 feet (0.6 to 2.4 m) tall, pale, smooth, branched at summit. Leaves alternate, compound, with 3 pointed leaflets per leaf; surface and margins smooth, with strong fetid odor. Flowers in terminal racemes, 4 white or pink petals per flower, each petal about 3/8 inch (9 mm) long and separate, some petals notched. Seeds in pods (capsules) which are 1 to 2 inches (2.5 to 5 cm) long and have projections at the base that are as long as the pedicels; each seed is 1/8 inch (3 mm) long, rough, dull, grayish-brown, grooved on each side. Found in pastures, prairies, ranges, fields, and waste places, often on sandy soils.