Monsonia senegalensis Guill. & Perr.

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Monsonia senegalensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Hwali River bridge

Monsonia senegalensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Hwali River bridge

Monsonia senegalensis

Photo: Charles Brightman
Kandahar Fishing Camp, Zambezi National Park.

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Common names: Annual dysentery-flower (English)
Status: Native
Prostrate, decumbent or suberect annual herb, branching from a slightly woody base. Stems up to 40 cm long, densely covered in gland-tipped hairs. Leaves sometimes apparently opposite, ovate, up to c. 4 × 3 cm, cordate at the base; margin toothed. Flowers usually solitary, leaf-opposed or sometimes axillary, pink with darker veins; petals often shallowly lobed at the apex; stamens 15. Fruit, including the erect rostrum, 7-10.5 cm long.
Derivation of specific name: senegalensis: of Senegal
Habitat: In mopane scrub or woodland, mostly in sandy soils.
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Worldwide distribution: From Senegal to Egypt, Ethiopia and Kenya. Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Limpopo, South Africa. Also in Asia from Arabia to India.
Botswana distribution: N
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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 54.

Mueller, T. (1963). Geraniaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(1) Pages 139 - 140.

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 98 - 105. (Includes a picture).

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Botswana: Species information: Monsonia senegalensis., retrieved 25 May 2024

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