Monodora stenopetala Oliv.

First published in Fl. Trop. Afr. 1: 39 (1868)
This species is accepted
The native range of this species is S. Malawi to Mozambique. It is a shrub or tree and grows primarily in the seasonally dry tropical biome.


Annonaceae, N. K. B. Robson. Flora Zambesiaca 1:1. 1960

Morphology General Habit
Shrub or small tree.
Morphology Branches
Branches dark purple, buff-pubescent at first, eventually glabrous.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves petiolate; lamina c. 8.5–11 x 3–4.2 cm., obovate to oblanceolate or oblong, obtuse or rounded at the apex, cuneate to rounded at the base, membranous, sparsely pubescent on both sides; petiole 3–4 mm. long, pubescent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers solitary, in the axils of the leaves, appearing with the young leaves; pedicel 1–1.6 cm. long, slender, pubescent; bracteole ovate or elliptic, obtuse or rounded, glabrescent or puberulous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals c. 4–5 mm. long, oblong-lanceolate, obtuse, recurved with undulate margins, glabrous or with a marginal fringe.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals yellow, the outer ones 3.5–5 cm. long, 0.2–0.4 cm. broad in the upper part, narrowly oblanceolate or linear with a broadened base, acute or attenuate, widely spreading with entire margins, glabrous or sparsely pubescent, the inner ones 0.2–0.4 x 0.35–0.5 cm., broadly ovate or oblate, obtuse or rounded, with a claw 0.3–0.7 cm. long, erect or ± connivent, setose-pilose above, glabrous below.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens c. 0.35 mm. long, ± orbicular.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary c. 0.75 mm. long, globose or conic, glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit c. 6 x 4 cm., cylindric-ellipsoid, finely rugose, not ridged, glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds 1.5–2 cm. long, cylindric-ellipsoid, smooth, yellow-brown.

Extinction risk predictions for the world's flowering plants to support their conservation (2024). Bachman, S.P., Brown, M.J.M., Leão, T.C.C., Lughadha, E.N., Walker, B.E.

Predicted extinction risk: threatened. Confidence: low confidence

IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

VU - vulnerable


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