Pelargonium quarciticola Meve & E. M. Marais
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PELARGONIUM NOTES


S. Afr. J. Bot. 66 (2000) 96.
Section Hoarea

Habit

Acaulescent geophyte.



Leaves
Radical, erect, slightly succulent, slightly sticky, covered with short glandular hairs, interspersed with long glandular hairs. Lamina ovate to elliptic in outline, 10-25 x 10-20 mm, regularly pinnately compound, pinnae irregularly incised, segments obtuse. Petiole 10-30 mm long. Stipules subulate, membranous, 4 x 1 mm, adnate to petioles with free apices.



Inflorescence
Scape 10-40 mm long, branched, bearing 2-3 pseudo-umbellets with 2-9 flowers each. Peduncles 30-60 mm long, flower buds curved downwards, flowers erect. Pedicel 1-3 mm long. 


Sepals
5, broadly lanceolate, 4-7 x 1-2 mm, hypanthium 8-12 mm.

Petals
5, white, cream or pale pink coloured, patent during anthesis, posterior two with red feather-like markings, broadly obovate 12-16 x 5-7 mm. Anterior three obovate, 10-13 x 3-4 mm.

Stamens
5 fertile, of +/- the same length 7-11 mm, pollen yellow.

Distribution


Habitat

P. quarciticola showing a wonderful variety of petal colour in this small clump growing close to Nuwerus. 
Knersvlakte is home to other hoareas such as P. leipoldtii, P. aristatum, P. caroli-henrici and a wealth of miniature succulents and other botanical treasures. This is a true biodiversity hotspot and incredibly exciting to visit.

Literature

Meve U., Schmiedel U., Marais E. M. (2000).


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