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Menonvillea purpurea (Hastings) Rollins

Place of Publication

Contr. Gray Herb. 177: 37 (1955)

Type citation

Based on Hexaptera purpurea Hastings: CHILE. [Región Metropolitana] Prov. Santiago, rocks near Laguna Negra, 10,000 ft [3,048 m], 6 February 1902, G. T. Hastings 480 (lectotype designated by Salariato et al., 2014. US 530369!; isolectotypes BH!, NY!, UC 67055!).



  • 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):


  • Salariato et al. (2014): fig. 2a


  • Salariato et al. (2014)


Perennial, woody at base, stems 25−40 cm. Flowers mainly from October to January.

Key characteristics

This species differs from M. constitutionis by its 3-lobed (vs. undivided) leaves, lax (vs. densely corymbose) fruiting racemes, ascending to recurved pedicels 1.5−3.5(−4) mm long (vs. ascending to arcuate pedicels 3.5−6 mm long), and oblong and plump (vs. ovoid to slightly compressed) seeds. It also resembles M. linearis but differs by having 3-winged, usually non-callose (vs. valves 2-winged and strongly callose) fruit valves (Salariato et al., 2014)