Pelargonium desertorum Vorster
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S. Afr. J. Bot. 52 (1986) 184.
Section Cortusina

Habit
Much branched deciduous shrublet, up to 0.3 m. Stems covered with short glandular hairs, reddish when young, gradually becoming greyish-brown and rough with age.


Leaves
Leaves simple, densely covered with very short glandular hairs, lamina orbicular, apex rounded, margin shallowly 5-lobed, margin dentate, 10-20(30) x 10-20(25) mm. Petiole 8-20(50) mm. Stipules triangular, 1.5-2 x 1 mm, persistent.


Inflorescence
Pseudo umbels with (2)3-4(6) flowers, sometimes borne on flowering branches, distinguished by long internodes. Pedicel 20-35 mm.


Sepals
5, (narrowly) ovate, 7-8 x 1.5-2 mm. Hypanthium 2-23 mm, usually shorter than, sometimes equalling pedicel.

Petals
Petals 5, narrowly spathulate, white. Posterior two 12-13 x 4-5 mm, reflexed at <45o, close together, anterior 12-13 x 3.5-4 mm, spaced at cca. 90o relative to each other. All petals with a diffuse purple tinge at the base.

Stamens
7 fertile, 4 long, 1 slightly shorter, 2 short.
 
Distribution


Note
The illustration in the original publication, as well as the above photo, show pedicels being much shorter than hypanthia, while the diagnosis reports the opposite. It would appear that the respective figures in the publication might have been mixed up.


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