Pelargonium vinaceum E. M. Marais
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Taxonom. Stud. in Pelargonium, sect. Hoarea (Geraniaceae), Ph.D. Thesis, Univ. of Stellenbosch, 1994, p. 226.
Section Hoarea

Habit
Acaulescent geophyte. 


Leaves
Lamina 15-40 mm long, broadly ovate. Simple, rarely trilobate or tripartite. Sparsely covered with short glandular hairs. Petiole 1-4 cm, prostrate. Stipules subulate, adnate to petioles with free apices.


Inflorescence
Usually unbranched, with 7-27 erect flowers. Peduncle hirsute with stiff patent hairs and glandular hairs, pedicel ~0.5 mm.


Sepals
5, lanceolate, posterior ~erect, other recurved. Hypanthium 10-25 mm.

Petals
Petals cream to pale yellow, spathulate, posterior with red markings, 10-15 x 3.5-6 mm, anterior slightly smaller.

Stamens
2 fertile, sometimes 3 or 4, never 5.

Distribution


Habitat

Kodaspeak at the very N tip of the Richtersveld NP, N Cape Province. Why anyone would call this a mountain desert escapes me: there is life in every nook and cranny, and it is entirely feasible that some plants are hundreds of years old in these low-rainfall, harsh conditions.  An excellent 4x4 is required on these roads, especially after some very wet recent summers. But remember that any off-road driving will destroy life that took more time to grow than a human life.  


Nature's succulent garden planting schemes are amazing. There is such abundance here it defies imagination - this simply must be seen to be believed. Plant spotting in the Richtersveld is rewarded by hospitality of the local people, an afternoon dive in the beutiful river Orange and a proper braai
in the evening. And an occasional chat with another plant-spotter - very few other tourists venture here.

Literature
E. M. Marais, Taxonomic Studies in Pelargonium, Section Hoarea (Geraniaceae), PhD Thesis, University of Stellenbosch, 1994.

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