Monopsis decipiens (Sond.) Thulin

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Monopsis decipiens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along Mussapa River, Nhabawa area, lower Chimanimani Mts

Monopsis decipiens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along Mussapa River, Nhabawa area, lower Chimanimani Mts

Monopsis decipiens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along Mussapa River, Nhabawa area, lower Chimanimani Mts

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Synonyms: Lobelia breynii Lam. var. bragae Engl.
Lobelia decipiens Sond.
Lobelia dobrowskyoides Diels
Monopsis scabra sensu E. Wimmer
Common names: Butterfly lobelia (English)
Status: Native
Erect or ascending annual or perennial herb with stems 5–45 cm long, sparsely branched, ribbed, more or less pubescent. Leaves alternate, fairly numerous, linear, mostly less than 20 mm long, harshly strigulose mainly along margins and on the prominent midrib beneath; margin entire or rarely with one pair minute teeth. Flowers solitary, axillary or apparently terminal; pedicels 15–55 mm long, pubescent; bracteoles resembling small leaves, sometimes opposite. Calyx–lobes 2–5 mm long, acute, entire, strigulose on the outside, spreading. Corolla 10–18 mm long, blue or blue and purple with yellow markings on lower lip, 2–lipped with the lower lip broadly 3–lobed and the upper lip consisting of two reflexed lobes; appressed pubescent outside, sparsely pubescent near the base inside. Capsule more or less 10–veined, subglobose to ovoid, up to 6·5 mm long, dehiscing by valves up to 2·5 mm long.
Derivation of specific name: decipiens: deceptive
Habitat: In seasonally wet areas in grassland, often growing in extensive colonies.
Altitude range: 700 - 1800 m
Flowering time:Sep - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Eswatini and South Africa.
Mozambique distribution: MS,M
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Content last updated: Friday 13 December 2019

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 39.

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 26.

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 58. Under Lobeliaceae

Plowes, D.C.H. & Drummond, R.B. (1990). Wild Flowers of Zimbabwe. Revised edition. Longman, Zimbabwe. No. 137, plate 178

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 81.

Thulin, M. (1983). Lobeliaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(1) Pages 147 - 148.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 90.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Monopsis decipiens
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Monopsis decipiens
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Monopsis decipiens., retrieved 13 April 2024

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