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Phytogeography and interspecies relationships in Monsonia (Geraniaceae)

H. J. Venter
Bothalia | Vol 14, No 3/4 | a1255 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/abc.v14i3/4.1255 | © 1983 H. J. Venter | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 05 November 1983 | Published: 06 November 1983

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H. J. Venter, Department of Botany, University of the Orange Free State, South Africa

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The geographical distribution of Monsonia and its 25 species is examined. It is shown that the genus inhabits various climatic regions (desert, semi-desert, savanna and temperate grassland) of Africa, south-west Asia and Madagascar. Attention is also paid to the interrelationships of the Monsonia species in comparison to their distribution patterns. Possible links between the species of southern Africa and those of northern Africa are also discussed.


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