Monopsis decipiens (Sond.) Thulin

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Monopsis decipiens

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Near Epworth, Harare

Monopsis decipiens

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Path from carpark to Inyangombe Falls

Monopsis decipiens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Haka Game Park

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Synonyms: Lobelia decipiens Sond.
Common names: Butterfly lobelia (English)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Annual or perennial herb.
Notes: A very attractive species, sometimes occurring in abundance, especially in spring and after an area has been burnt.
Derivation of specific name: decipiens: deceptive
Habitat: In seasonally wet areas in grassland, often growing in extensive colonies.
Altitude range: (metres) 1400 - 1800 m
Flowering time:Sep - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Swaziland and South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Images last updated: Tuesday 29 September 2015

Chapano, C., Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 26.

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 58. Under Lobeliaceae

Plowes, D.C.H. & Drummond, R.B. (1990). Wild Flowers of Zimbabwe. Revised edition. Longman, Zimbabwe. No. 137, plate 178

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 81.

Thulin, M. (1983). Lobeliaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(1) Pages 147 - 148.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 90.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Monopsis decipiens
African Plant Database: Monopsis decipiens
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Monopsis decipiens
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Monopsis decipiens
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Monopsis decipiens
Plants of the World Online: Monopsis decipiens
The Plant List (version 1.1): Monopsis decipiens
Tropicos: Monopsis decipiens
Wikipedia: Monopsis decipiens

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Monopsis decipiens., retrieved 21 October 2019

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