4503.000 Monadenium Pax

Carter, S. & Leach, L.C. (2001) Euphorbiaceae: subfamily Euphorbioideae: tribe Euphorbieae Flora Zambesiaca 9(5)

Description of the genus

Small trees, shrubs or perennial herbs with milky latex. Stems and branches succulent. Stipules 0 or modified as glands or spines. Leaves alternate, fleshy. Inflorescences axillary with sessile cyathia in dichotomously branching cymes, rarely solitary; bracts paired, persistent. Cyathium with glands forming an entire rim, notched on the lower side, surrounding 5-fringed lobes. Male flowers in 5 groups, bracteolate. Female flower stalked; ovary 3-locular; styles 3 with 2-fid stigmas. Fruit a 3-lobed capsule, exserted through the notch in the glandular rim, dehiscent. Seeds with a cap-like pale yellow caruncle, rarely ecarunculate.

Worldwide: Over 70 spp, occurring in eastern tropical Africa from Somalia in the north to the northern province of South Africa and west into Angola

Malawi: 6 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
laeve StapfN
mafingense Hargr.NDescription, Image
orobanchoides P.R.O. BallyN,C
parviflorum N.E. Br.N
pedunculatum S. CarterNImage
spinulosum S. CarterS

Other sources of information about Monadenium:

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Flora of Botswana: Monadenium
Flora of Mozambique: Monadenium
Flora of Zambia: Monadenium
Flora of Zimbabwe: Monadenium

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ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Monadenium
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Monadenium
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Monadenium
Wikipedia: Monadenium
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Monadenium
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Monadenium

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-22

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2022). Flora of Malawi: Genus page: Monadenium.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=877, retrieved 29 November 2022

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