3925.000 Monsonia L.

Description of the genus

Annual or perennial herbs or suffrutices. Leaves alternate or opposite, simple or sometimes lobed or dissected. Flowers actinomorphic, in a 1-3-flowered pseudumbel. Sepals and petals 5. Stamens 15, all fertile, in 5 bundles of 3 filaments each, the central filament of each triad the longer. Extrastaminal glands present, 5, adnate to the base of the longer central filaments. Ovary 5-locular. Beak of mericarp persistent, helically twisting when ripe, plumose on the inside.

Derivation of name: Named after Lady Anne Monson, great granddaughter of Charles II of England, who collected plants in India and South Africa with Thunberg and Masson.

Worldwide: 25 species in Africa, Madagascar and SW Asia

Zimbabwe: 4 taxa.

Monsonia senegalensis

Links to taxa:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
angustifolia E. Mey. ex A. Rich.W,C,E,SDescription, Image
burkeana Planch. ex Harv.W,C,EDescription, Image
glauca KnuthW,S
senegalensis Guill. & Perr.N,W,SDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Monsonia:

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Flora of Botswana: Monsonia
Flora of Caprivi: Monsonia
Flora of Mozambique: Monsonia
Flora of Zambia: Monsonia

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Monsonia
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Monsonia
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Monsonia
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Monsonia
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Monsonia

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Monsonia.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=787, retrieved 31 May 2016

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