Manulea TomentosaWoolly Manulea
- Class and Order
- Didynamia Angiospermia
- Generic Character
- Cal. 5-partitus. Cor. limbo 5-partito, subulato: laciniis superioribus 4 magis connexis. Caps. 2-locularis, polysperma.
- Specific Character and Synonyms
- MANULEA tomentosa foliis tomentosis, caulibus foliosis, pedunculis multifloris. Linn. Mant. 420. Syst. Veget. ed. 14. Murr. p. 569. Ait. Kew. v. 2. p. 356.
- SELAGO tomentosa foliis obovatis crenatis, caule prostrato, racemis ramosis. Linn. Amœn. Acad. v. 6. p. 90. Sp. Pl. ed. 3. p. 877.
- PLANTA Pluk. Phyt. 319. f. 2.
Linnæus describes this plant in the Amœnitates Academicæ under the name of Selago tomentosa, by which name he continues to call it in the third edition of the Spec. Pl. in his Mantissa he describes it more minutely, and changes it to the Genus Manulea, first established by him in the said work; he observes, that in this species the corolla is more regular than in the others.
Mr. Aiton regards it as a biennial, its stalk is a foot or a foot and a half high, and woolly, its branches are opposite, not alternate as Linnæus describes them; in this perhaps they may vary; leaves opposite, sessile, obovate, narrowing to the base, toothed on the edge, edge rolled back a little in the young leaves, flowers grow in a long thyrsus, from two to five proceed from one common short peduncle; they are at first lemon-coloured, or greenish yellow, finally deep orange; Linnæus says the whole of the plant except the corolla is woolly, the tube of that even is hairy, the segments are smooth, with their edges rolled back, the upper part of the tube in which the stamina are included is dilated somewhat, as is also the lower part, so that it is narrowest in the middle. The flowers which make their appearance from May to November are usually succeeded by seeds, by which the plant is propagated.
It is a native of the Cape, and, according to Mr. Aiton, was introduced by Mr. Masson, in 1774.
The blossoms have a singular but unpleasant smell, not perceivable at a distance.
The variety of pleasant colours so conspicuous in the flowers, renders this rare plant desirable to such as aim at a general collection.