Pink Monsonia
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Pink Monsonia
ative Photo: Rajkumar Dongare
Common name: Pink Monsonia, Annual dysentery-flower • Marathi: वर्षाराणी Varsharani
Botanical name: Monsonia senegalensis    Family: Geraniaceae (Geranium family)
Synonyms: Monsonia lawiana, Erodium chumbulense

Pink Monsonia is a prostrate, decumbent or nearly erect annual herb, branching from a slightly woody base. Stems are up to 40 cm long, densely covered in gland-tipped hairs. Leaves are sometimes apparently opposite, ovate, up to about 4 x 3 cm, heart-shaped at the base; margin toothed. Flowers are usually solitary, leaf-opposed or sometimes in leaf-axils, pink with darker veins. Petals are often shallowly lobed at the tip; stamens 15. Fruit, including the erect rostrum, is 7-10.5 cm long. Pink Monsonia is found in Africa and India.
Medicinal uses: In southern Africa, the plant is mainly used for dysenteries and intestinal haemorrhage.

Identification credit: Rajkumar Dongare Photographed in Khodad, Junnar, Pune.

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