3925.000 Monsonia L.

Description of the genus

Annual or perennial herbs or suffrutices. Leaves alternate or opposite, simple or sometimes lobed or dissected. Flowers actinomorphic, in a 1-3-flowered pseudumbel. Sepals and petals 5. Stamens 15, all fertile, in 5 bundles of 3 filaments each, the central filament of each triad the longer. Extrastaminal glands present, 5, adnate to the base of the longer central filaments. Ovary 5-locular. Beak of mericarp persistent, helically twisting when ripe, plumose on the inside.

Derivation of name: Named after Lady Anne Monson, great granddaughter of Charles II of England, who collected plants in India and South Africa with Thunberg and Masson.

Worldwide: 25 species in Africa, Madagascar and SW Asia

Zambia: 2 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsProvincesContent
angustifolia E. Mey. ex A. Rich.SDescription, Image
senegalensis Guill. & Perr.SDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Monsonia:

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Flora of Botswana: Monsonia
Flora of Caprivi: Monsonia
Flora of Mozambique: Monsonia
Flora of Zimbabwe: Monsonia

External websites:

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

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-23

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Genus page: Monsonia.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=787, retrieved 30 September 2023

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