|Pelargonium echinatum Curt.|
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Bot. Mag. 9 (1795) t309.
Perennial erect shrublet with tuberous roots, up to 60 cm high, usually much smaller. Branches fleshy, stipules persistent. Flowering stems thinner and smooth or slightly puberulous.
Lamina 2-3 x 3-4 cm, cordate-reniform, 3-7 lobed. Leaves on the flowering branches usually smaller. Abaxially tomentose, appearing grey. Petiole 10 cm, stipules awl-shaped, persistent.
Umbel-like, with 3-8 flowers. Peduncle 3-4 cm, pedicel 3-4 mm.
5, lanceolate. Hypanthium 30-40 mm.
Petals white, pink to purple, with dark red spots on posterior or all five petals, posterior 10x20 mm, anterior 7x16 mm.
6-7 fertile, two shorter.
The rolling hills of the Namakwa National Park, N Cape Province, in mid-winter (August) 2014. A great area for plant spotting, though at the time of this visit the landscape wasn't in bloom yet, although firmly on course.
Just W of Wildeperdehoek Pass, a small population of old specimens of Sarcocaulon l'heritieri, getting ready to open the buds. A very respectable bush indeed, of about 60 cm height. Compare the upright growth with the smaller S. patersoni, but with a similar habit.
Curtis's Botanical Magazine 1795, Tab. 309.
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