Pelargonium inquinans (L.) L'Hérit.
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Ait. Hort. Kew. ed. 1,2: (1789) 424.
Section Ciconium

Habit
Moderately branched, softly woody shrub, attaining the height of 1-2 m, young stems covered with long hairs interspersed with red glandular hairs.



Leaves
Simple, not zoned, lamina orbicular, shallowly 5-7-lobed, margine crenulate or finely toothed, base cordate, 40-80 x 40-80 mm, indumentum as on young stems. Petiole to over 6 cm, stipules broadly ovate 15 x 20 mm.


Inflorescence
Pseudo-umbel with 5-30 flowers, flowers reflexed when in bud, peduncle unbranched, up to 80 mm long, pedicel 1-2 mm.


Sepals
5, narrowly obovate with acute apex, hypanthium <25 mm.

Petals
5, nearly equal in size, scarlet, occasionally white or pink, subequal, posterior two slightly smaller, 20 x 12 mm.

Stamens
7 fertile, very short, of the same length, and hardly protruding from the flower, staminal column long, ca. 4 mm.

Distribution


Habitat

Euphorbia-dominated hilly landscape 15 km SW Peddie, along N2, Eastern Cape Province, dry and difficult to navigate. P. inquinans shrubs are mostly small, up to half a meter high and sparsely branched - nothing like the large straddly shrubs in the Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden.  

Illustration

Postal stamp, Republic of South Africa, 1974.

Synonims
bentinckianum Willd.
urenaefolium
(Eckl. & Zeyh.) Steud.


Literature
J. J. A. van der Walt: Pelargoniums of Southern Africa, vol. 1, 2nd ed., Fischer & Co., Hillscheid, 1979.


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