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Herbs or undershrubs. Leaves opposite or alternate, stipulate. Peduncles axillary, bracteate. Flowers solitary or umbelled. Sepals 5, imbricate. Petals 5, imbricate, alternate with 5 small glands. Stamens 15, all fertile, shortly monadelphous, 5 of them opposite petals. Ovary 5-lobed, 5-locular. Fruits schizocarpic with a very long beak of 5, 1-seeded mericarps; mericarps with 5 elastic tails as long as the beak; seeds nonen-dospermous.

Africa, especially S. Madagascar, S.W. Asia, N.W. India and Pakistan; 2 species in India.


1a. Plants glandular; peduncles 1 - 2-flowered, deflexed 2. Monsonia senegalensis
b. Plants eglandular; peduncles 3 - 13-flowered, erect 1. Monsonia heliotropioides

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