Monsonia glauca Knuth

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Monsonia glauca

Photo: Penny English
No. 5 water point scout base, Bubye Valley Conservancy

Monsonia glauca

Photo: Penny English
No. 5 water point scout base, Bubye Valley Conservancy

Monsonia glauca

Photo: Penny English
No. 5 water point scout base, Bubye Valley Conservancy

Monsonia glauca

Photo: Penny English
No. 5 water point scout base, Bubye Valley Conservancy

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Synonyms: Monsonia ovata Cav. subsp. glauca (Knuth) Bowden & T. Müller
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Status: Native
Erect perennial herb up to 40 cm high, often woody near the base. Most parts pubescent with often gland-tipped hairs, sometimes also with scattered longer hairs. Leaves narrowly lanceolate to ovate, 2-4.4 cm long, more or less cordate at the base; margin crenate or serrate; petiole 1.5-5 cm long, usually more than half the length or even longer than the leaf lamina; stipules mostly 7-12 mm long, needle-like. Inflorescences usually 2-flowered, leaf-opposed or in the axil of apparently opposite leaves; peduncle 2.5-9 cm long. Flowers white, cream or yellowish; petals 11-23 mm long, obovate with a truncate apex; extra staminal glands inconspicuous ovate cavities. Fruit 6.5-10 cm long.
Derivation of specific name: glauca: glaucous, bluish-green
Habitat: In grassland, scrub and mopane woodland, on stony or sandy soils.
Altitude range: (metres) 600 - 1400 m
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Worldwide distribution: Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and Mpumalanga, Limpopo, Northern Cape South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: W,S
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Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 26.

Fabian, A. & Germishuizen, G. (1997). Wild Flowers of Northern South Africa. Fernwood Press, Vlaeburg. Pages 204 - 205. (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) Pages 137 - 139. as Monsonia ovata subsp. glauca

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

Venter, H.J.T. (1979). A Monograph of Monsonia L. (Geraniaceae) Mededelingen Landbouwhogeschool Wageningen 79-9 Agricultural University, Wageningen, The Netherlands Pages 47 - 53. (Includes a picture).

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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Monsonia glauca
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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: Species information: Monsonia glauca., retrieved 19 June 2024

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