Pelargonium hirtum (Burm. f.) Jacq.
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Icon. Pl. Rar. 3 (1793) t. 536.
Section Ligularia

Habit
Erect to decumbent, evergreen subshrub. Stems succulent with persistent bases of petioles.


Leaves
Pinnate, villous, lamina oblong-lanceolate, 1.5-3.5 x 0.5-2 cm, pinnae bipinnatisect, segments linear, petiole +/- the same length as the lamina. Stipules lanceolate, decurrent along the petiole for at leat half their length, semi-persistent.


Inflorescence
A 3-8-flowered pseudo-umbel borne on flowering branches, conspicuously thinner than the ordinary branches. Pedicel 2-4 mm.


Sepals
5, hypanthium 4-12 mm.

Petals
5, pink or purplish, seldom white, posterior two obovate, with darker markings, +/- the same length as the anterior three, but wider.

Stamens
7 fertile, 5 longer, two shorter.

Distribution


Habitat

P. hirtum W of Darling, W Cape, growing in patches of the remaining renosterveld. The plants are beautifully compact when grown in full sun and adapt very well to greenhouse culture, form dense bushes and flower freely. The habitat here is shared with P. rapaceum and P. viciifolium.

Synonim
tenuifolium (Eckl. & Zeyh.) Steud.
villiferum (Thunb.) DC.

Literature
F. Albers, J. J. A. van der Walt, M. Gibby, D. E. Marschewski, A. M. van der Merwe, E. M. Marais, F. T. Bakker, A Culham (2000).

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