Montanoa hibiscifolia Benth.

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Shrub to 7-8 m. Leaves: petiole usually with 1-2 pairs of auricles near the apex; lamina circular to reniform in outline, palmately lobed to about the middle, cordate at the base. Capitula to 5 cm across.
Notes: Despite the record of M. bipinnatifida in Wild (1967), p. 57, it appears that it is M. hibiscifolia which is the species which escapes in Zimbabwe. Wild cites two records: Armitage in GHZ 46807 from division C (marked ?cult. and therefore doubtfully naturalised) and Allott 1 from Melsetter, presumably more definitely naturalised.

M. bipinnatifida has essentially pinnate (or 2-pinnate) leaves whereas M. hibiscifolia has an essentially palmate leaf. M. hibiscifolia also has auricles at the apex of the petiole and these are lacking in M. bipinnatifida.

Both species are recorded as cultivated in Zimbabwe (Maroyi, 2006).
Derivation of specific name: hibiscifolia: with leaves like a Hibiscus
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Worldwide distribution: S Mexico to Guatemala and Costa Rica; widely cultivated for ornament
Zimbabwe distribution: C,E
Growth form(s): Shrub over 2 m.
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Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Montanoa hibiscifolia

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Montanoa hibiscifolia
African Plant Database: Montanoa hibiscifolia
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Montanoa hibiscifolia
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Montanoa hibiscifolia
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Montanoa hibiscifolia
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Montanoa hibiscifolia
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Montanoa hibiscifolia
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JSTOR Plant Science: Montanoa hibiscifolia
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Montanoa hibiscifolia
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Montanoa hibiscifolia
The Plant List (version 1.1): Montanoa hibiscifolia
Tropicos: Montanoa hibiscifolia

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Montanoa hibiscifolia., retrieved 24 March 2018

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