Pelargonium ternifolium Vorster
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Bothalia 13 (1981) 431.
Section Hoarea 


Habit
Acaulescent geophyte with several spherical to oblong tubers.


Leaves
Leaves trifoliolate, conspicuously pilose and with short glandular hairs, lamina cordate to circular in outline, bases of pinnae vuneate, apices of pinnae rounded, pinnae 2-6 times deeply incised, margins entire but ciliate, lamina 15-35(70) mm in diameter, abaxially conspicuously pilose with semi-adpressed white hairs. petiole 80-100 mm, stipules narrowly triangular, 4-12 x 1.5-2.0 mm, adnate to petioles for 1/2 of their length.

Inflorescence
Scape, bearing 2-3 pseudo-umbellets, each 3-5(8)-flowered. Pedicel cca. 1 mm.


Sepals
5, lanceolate, green with a reddish tint, 6-8 x 1-1.5 mm. Hypanthium 7-10 mm.

Petals
2, in posterior position, white to pink with short feathery purple markings, spathulate with long claws, asymmetrical, 11-18 x 2.5-3 mm, reflexed at >90 deg.

Stamens
4 fertile, lateral two 8.5-10 mm, anterior two 9-11 mm.

Distribution


Habitat

P. ternifolium is pretty common just beneath the highest point of Du Toitskloof Pass (797 m), sharing patches of bare soil with its look-alike Oxalis sp., though they are not difficult to tell apart. P. rapaceum and P. triste are very common here as well.

 

Sharing the wet and shady mountain fynbos habitat
at Du Toitskloof Pass is this beautiful and elegant Gladiolus sp., one of the several species called the 'bluebells', adapted for pollination by bees. 

Synonim
trifoliatum Harv.
 

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