|Pelargonium quarciticola Meve & E. M. Marais|
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S. Afr. J. Bot. 66 (2000) 96.
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.
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.
5, broadly lanceolate, 4-7 x 1-2 mm, hypanthium 8-12 mm.
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.
5 fertile, of +/- the same length 7-11 mm, pollen yellow.
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 and a wealth of miniature succulents and other botanical treasures. This is a true biodiversity hotspot and incredibly exciting to visit.
Meve U., Schmiedel U., Marais E. M. (2000).
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