Monsonia angustifolia E. Mey. ex A. Rich.

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Monsonia angustifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near upper dam, Hillside Dams, Bulawayo

Monsonia angustifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near upper dam, Hillside Dams, Bulawayo

Monsonia angustifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near upper dam, Hillside Dams, Bulawayo

Monsonia angustifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near upper dam, Hillside Dams, Bulawayo

Monsonia angustifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
By the lodges, Lake Kyle Recreational Park

Monsonia angustifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
By the lodges, Lake Kyle Recreational Park

Monsonia angustifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
By the lodges, Lake Kyle Recreational Park

Monsonia angustifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
By the lodges, Lake Kyle Recreational Park

Monsonia angustifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
By the lodges, Lake Kyle Recreational Park

Monsonia angustifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
By the lodges, Lake Kyle Recreational Park

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Synonyms: Monsonia biflora DC var. angustifolia Burtt Davy
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Decumbent or suberect annual herb, branching from a slightly woody base. Stems up to 50 cm long but usually shorter, pubescent and covered in very short gland-tipped hairs mixed with longer ones. Leaves narrowly oblong or elliptic, up to c. 3.5 × 1 cm, with indumentum as the stems; margin irregularly toothed; petiole 0.5-2 cm. Flowers in 1-3-flowered pseudumbel, leaf-opposed or sometimes in the axil of 2 apparently opposite leaves, mauve to blue or rarely white or yellowish; petals 9-14 mm long, often shallowly lobed at the apex. Fruit, including the erect rostrum, 5-9 cm long.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: angustifolia: narrow-leaved
Habitat: In grassland or open woodland, along road sides or streams, mostly in sandy soils.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 2150 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in Africa from Nigeria to Somalia and south to South Africa. Also in Madagascar.
Zimbabwe distribution: W,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Insects associated with this species:
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Images last updated: Saturday 7 April 2012
Literature:

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 75.

Fabian, A. & Germishuizen, G. (1997). Wild Flowers of Northern South Africa. Fernwood Press, Vlaeburg. Pages 204 - 205. (Includes a picture).

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 176. (Includes a picture).

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 312. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 53.

Mueller, T. (1963). Geraniaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(1) Page 140.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 67.

Pooley, E. (1998). A Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Region. Natal Flora Publications Trust. Durban. Pages 400 - 401. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 76.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 214.

Van Wyk, B. & Malan, S. (1988). Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of the Witwatersrand and Pretoria Region Struik, Cape Town Pages 216 - 217. (Includes a picture).

Venter, H.J.T. (1979). A Monograph of Monsonia L. (Geraniaceae) Mededelingen Landbouwhogeschool Wageningen 79-9 Agricultural University, Wageningen, The Netherlands Pages 10 - 18. (Includes a picture).


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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: Species information: Monsonia angustifolia.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=132700, retrieved 2 December 2016

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