Menkea

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Annual herbs, prostrate or erect, glabrous (in Victoria). Leaves in basal rosette and cauline, entire, lobed or pinnately dissected. Inflorescence a raceme. Sepals spreading, sometimes hooded or saccate; petals clawed, white to pink or mauve (or yellow outside Victoria); stamens 6. Fruit c. 1–2 times as long as broad, dehiscent; style short with depressed-capitate stigma; septum reduced to absent; seeds in 2 rows, numerous.

6 species, endemic to Australia.

Species of Menkea have small, compressed or inflated fruits in which the septum is reduced to a narrow rim or completely absent, and the seeds are in 2 rows and numerous. The outer rim of the fruit, sometimes with a inner membranous flange (the septum), persists in old infructescences. Hornungia has fruits superficially similar to those of Menkea but the septum is fully developed across the narrowest diameter.

Source: Entwisle, T.J. (1996). Brassicaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Brassicales
family Brassicaceae
Higher taxa
genus Menkea
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