Pelargonium pulchellum Sims
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PELARGONIUM NOTES
Bot. Mag. 15 (1801) t.524; description: Knuth: Pfalnzenreich 4 (1912) 379.
Section Ligularia

Habit
Erect to procumbent, deciduous subshrub, up to 50 cm high. Stems relatively short, young stems succulent, becoming woody with age, covered with remains of petioles and stipules.



Leaves
Simple, hirsute, glandular, lamina irregularly pinnatilobate to pinnatifid, oblong-ovate in outline, 3-15 x 1.5-6 cm, petiole shorter than lamina, bases persistent. Stipules conspicuous, membraneous and persistent.



Inflorescence
Pseudoumble of 6-25-flowers, pedicel 2-9 mm.



Sepals
5, hypanthium 25-50 mm.

Petals
5, white, posterior two with or without red markings. Anterior three with red markings and slightly smaller than posterior two.

Stamens
7 fertile.

Distribution


Habitat

The northern Kamiesberge, where P. pulchellum is abundant, alongside P. antidysentericum ssp. antidysentericum, P. barklyi and many other species, where it prefers stony outcrops. This is an extremely difficult terrain with dense and thorny thicket: plantspotting in not exactly a pleasant stroll in the veld here.


Illustration


Curtis's Botanical Magazine, 1801, Tab. 524. 

Synonims
pictum (Andr.) Pers. 

rubromaculatum Poir.
 

Literature
Albers F. et al. (2000).
 

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