Pelargonium moniliforme Harv.
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Flora Capensis 1 (1860) 264.
Section Hoarea

Habit
Acaulescent geophyte.


Leaves
Leaves simple to tripartite, lamina 15-65 mm x 15-60 mm, broadly ovate, apex rounded or obtuse, margin entire to crenate - lobulate. Lamina covered with long glandular hairs, margins ciliate. Petiole 20-80 mm, prostrate. Stipules subulate, adnate to petioles with free apices, 6-10 mm.


Inflorescence
Usually not branched, with 12-40(50) flowers. Scape wine-red covered with long, 3-4 mm, patent hairs interspersed with glandular hairs, pedicel 0.5-2 mm.


Sepals
5, lanceolate, 6-10 x 1.5-3 mm, recurved. Hypanthium 20-77 mm, wine-red.

Petals
Petals 5, pale yellow to cream, spathulate, posterior or all with wine-red markings, posterior 13-22 x 3-8 mm, anterior three 10.5-17.5 x 3-6.5 mm.

Stamens
5 fertile, posterior one 5-10 mm, lateral two 7-12 mm, anterior two 11-16 mm.

Distribution


Habitat

Rolling hills about 5 km N of the historic town of Matjiesfontein, W Cape Province in August 2015, when the above photograph was taken - this was a dry winter and the plants were surprisingly small, about 8 cm in diameter altogether.


It's impossible to have "just a quick walk" in this landscape as nature always manages to leave you in complete awe. Here, a magnificently shaped, almost quadrangular, squat Crassula pyramidalis, only some 3 cm tall.

Illustration

Curtis's Botanical Magazine, 1934, Tab. 9342.

Literature
Marais E. M. (2005).


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