|Pelargonium christophoranum Verdcourt|
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Hooker's Icones Plant. VII (1969) 3, Tab. 3655.
Perrenial shrub 6-40 cm tall, with a thick root, stems woody, with a thick peeling bark, glabrous.
Leaves mostly fasciculate, becoming deciduous at a later stage, lamina reniform, broadly obtuse, base cordate, dentate, glabrous or pilose shortly 8-18 mm long and wide. Petiole 1-5 cm long, pubescent with short and long hairs, swollen at the base. Stipules 1-2 mm long, ovate-lanceolate, acuminate, pubescent especially along the margins.
Mostly 2-3 flowered, terminal and usually one from every branch, peduncle 2-6 cm long, pubescent with short reflexed hairs intermingled with long ones, slightly thicker at the base. Pedicel 1-4 mm, pubescent. Bracts 2-4 mm long, lanceolate, pubescent, reddish.
Five, 8-11x2-3 mm, hispid on the abaxial surface, reddish. Hypanthium 40-55 mm, pilose or shortly pubescent, reddish or greenish.
Petals 9-20x1.5-3 mm, white with pink base and veins, spathulate.
Usually 5 fertile, pink, anthers 1-2 mm long, staminodes 1-2.5 mm long.
Somalia/Somaliland, Sanaag Region, NE of Erigavo/Erigabo/Ceerigaabo.
The sectional status of P. christophoranum is currently unclear and it seems to be hanging between sections Ligularia and Cortusina.
Kokwaro J. O. (1971).
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