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1. Monsonia heliotropiodes (Cay.) Boiss., Fl. Or. 1:897. 1867. Edgew. & Hook. f. l.c. 428; Knuth, l.c. 294; Jafri, l.c. 182; Schöneck-Temesy, l.c. 60; M. Zohary, l.c. 244.


  • Geranium heliotropiodes Cav
  • Monsonia asiatica Vicary
  • Monsonia hispida Boiss.

    Perennial or annual, prostrate or decumbent, 7-35 cm tall, densely patent-hairy. Leaves broadly to very broadly ovate-cordate, 10-35 x 8-30 mm, serrulate, pubescent-villous, densely white on ventral surface; petiole up to 10 cm long with dense spreading white hairs; stipules lanceolate, 2.5-5 mm long, ciliate and pubescent. Peduncles several, 3-13-flowered, up to 15 cm long, patent hairy; bracts similar to stipules. Sepals elliptic-oblong, 5 mm long, up to 7 mm in fruit, adpressed pubescent, margin membranous, awn 0.5 mm long. Petals shorter than the sepals, pink, claw narrow. Filaments 3-4 mm long, dilated, part ciliate. Mericarps 5 mm long, pubescent-setose; pit partitioned, prominent, with 3 annular constrictions below. Beak 6-8 cm long, strigose, plumose within on dehiscence. Seed glabrous.

    F1. Per.: Feb-April.

    Type: Africa, P. Usteri (MA).

    Distribution: N. Africa, S. Iran, Jordan, Arabia, Pakistan & India.

    Plant of dry rocky areas, found up to 1100 m.


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