Mansoa DC.

Fayaz, F. (2011) Encyclopedia of Tropical Plants Firefly Books, New Zealand

Description of the genus

Lianas with distally trifid tendrils, or simple tendrils with a terminal peltate disc. Pseudostipules well developed to inconspicuous. Leaves opposite, 2-3 foliate; lamina margins entire, glabrous or puberulent; petiole sometimes with a glandular field at apex. Inflorescence panicles, racemes or small corymbs, usually few flowered; axillary to distal leaves or leafless nodes. Flowersshowy, 5-lobed or margin truncate, often with plate-shaped glands on distal surface; corolla narrowly tubular at base, distally tubular-funnelform; white to reddish-purple. Fruit capsules, woody, linear-oblong; surface smooth or with elevated spines. Seeds flat with two thin wings or corky wingless.

Derivation of name: after the Brazilian botanist Antonio Luiz Patricio da Silva Manso, 1788-1848

Worldwide: 15 species in South America,

Zimbabwe: 2 cultivated taxa.

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alliacea (Lam.) A.H. Gentry
difficilis (Cham.) Bur. & K. Schum.

Other sources of information about Mansoa:

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Mansoa
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Mansoa
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Mansoa
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Mansoa
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Mansoa
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Mansoa
JSTOR Plant Science: Mansoa
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Mansoa
Plants of the World Online: Mansoa
Tropicos: Mansoa
Wikipedia: Mansoa

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Mansoa., retrieved 20 June 2024

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