Pelargonium echinatum Curt.
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Bot. Mag. 9 (1795) t309.
Section Cortusina

Habit
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.


Leaves
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.


Inflorescence
Umbel-like, with 3-8 flowers. Peduncle 3-4 cm, pedicel 3-4 mm.


Sepals
5, lanceolate. Hypanthium 30-40 mm.

Petals
Petals white, pink to purple, with dark red spots on posterior or all five petals, posterior 10x20 mm, anterior 7x16 mm.

Stamens
6-7 fertile, two shorter.
 
Distribution


Habitat

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.

Illustration

Curtis's Botanical Magazine 1795, Tab. 309.

Synonims
aculeatum Steud.
hamatum Jacq.


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