Monadenium kimberleyana G. Will.

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Common names:
Frequency: Local
Status: Native
Succulent herb up to 70 cm high growing in dense clumps. Branches with growth segments c. 50 mm wide at the apex, narrowing to c. 25 mm towards the base, covered in flattish tubercles and a central, raised leaf scar; upper margin with 3 prickles when young, becoming raised bumps when older> leaves up to 17, tufted in a spreading rosette at the apex of the branches, obovate to sometimes almost spathulate, up to 90 mm long, minutely pubescent; margin thickened, minutely crenulate, often brownish maroon; petiole up to 25 mm long, channeled above. Inflorescences up to 20, clustered near the branch apices. Inflorescence branches with 3 cyathia each; central male and lateral bisexual and more raised; bracts brownish-green with a pinkish tinge; lobes white, broadly oblong with a fringed. Capsule 6 mm wide and long, well exserted on a recurved pedicel, up to 6 mm long, obtusely 3-angled with deeply fimbriate angles.
Notes: This taxon is absent from the treatment in Flora Zambesiaca volume 9 part 5 (2001).
Derivation of specific name: kimberleyana: named after Rose and Mike Kimberley, chairman of the Aloe, Cactus and Succulent Society of Zimbabwe, who collected the type specimen.
Habitat: At the edges of thickets in sandveld.
Altitude range: (metres) 1200 m (approx)
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Worldwide distribution: Only known from the Limpopo/Save Lowveld in Southeastern Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status: Endemic
Red data list status: Data deficient
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Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 179.

Mapaura, A. (2002). Endemic Plant Species of Zimbabwe. Kirkia 18(1) Page 139.

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 42.

Williamson, G. (1999). A new species of Monadenium (Euphorbiaceae) from South-east Zimbabwe. Excelsa 19 Pages 56 - 59. Protologue (Includes a picture).

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Monadenium kimberleyana
African Plant Database: Monadenium kimberleyana
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Monadenium kimberleyana
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Monadenium kimberleyana
Plants of the World Online: Monadenium kimberleyana
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Wikipedia: Monadenium kimberleyana

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: Monadenium kimberleyana., retrieved 4 March 2024

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