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Menonvillea pinnatifida Barnéoud

Place of Publication

Fl. Chil. [Gay] 1(2): 182-183 (1846)

Type citation

CHILE. [Región de Coquimbo]. Coquimbo, C. Gay 332 (holotype P!; isotype F 13845!).


  • Gay (1846a)

    Gay, C. 1846. Historia física y política de Chile: Botánica, vol. 1(2):105-248. Paris & Chile (Museo Historia Natural de Santiago)

  • 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):


  • Salariato et al. (2014): fig. 21


Antofagasta, Atacama, Coquimbo and Metropolitana

Distribution and habitat

Occurs from Paposo Region Antofagasta to the Río Yeso (Metropolitana de Santiago). It often grows in arid scrub and rocky slopes and outcrops at elevations of (10–)800–3000 m (Salariato et al. 2014).


  • Salariato et al. (2014)


Perennials or rarely annuals. Stems (15−)20−45(−55) cm. Flowers from September to February.

Key characteristics

Easily distinguished from all other species of Menonvillea by its pectinate lowermost leaves, branched and arachnoid trichomes (hairs), flexuous rachis of fruiting raceme, and two or three bands of callus on dorsal side of each valve. The fruit wing is somewhat variable in length, although it is always less than 1 mm long (Salariato et al., 2014).