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Menonvillea constitutionis (F.Phil.) Rollins

Place of Publication

Contr. Gray Herb. 177: 36 (1955)

Type citation

CHILE. [Región del Maule]. Desembocadura del Río Maule, cerca de Constitución, R. Azocart s.n. (holotype SGO 63962!).



  • Rollins (1955)

    Rollins, R.C. 1955. A revisionary study of the genus Menonvillea (Cruciferae). Contributions from the Gray Herbarium of Harvard University 177: 3-57

  • Salariato et al. (2014)

    Salariato, D.L. , Zuloaga , F.O. and Al-Shehbaz, I.A. 2014. A revision of the genus Menonvillea (Cremolobeae, Brassicaceae). Phytotaxa 162(4):


Valparaíso, Metropolitana and Maule

Distribution and habitat

Distributed from Region Valparaíso (rov. San Antonio) to Region Maule (Constitución) where it occurs in sandy areas at elevations up 150 m


  • Salariato et al. (2014)


Perennial with a woody base with stems 10−35 cm tall. Flowers mainly from September to December, and less frequently until February (Solariato, 2014)

Key characteristics

This species is morphologically related to M. purpurea, from which it differs by having spathulate to narrowly oblanceolate undivided leaves, longer fruiting pedicels, and compact fruiting racemes (Solariato, 2014).


Seed of this species is banked by the national seed bank of Chile, INIA.