|Pelargonium albersii M. Becker|
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Schummania 5 (2008) 157.
Semi-succulent, branched shrub with branches <5 cm, smooth, but with persistens remains of leaf bases, apparently glabrous but initially covered with microscopically short, adpressed, white hairs, stems 5-8(10) mm thick. Roots tuberous.
Pinnatisect to bipinnatisect, 12-)20-40(-55) x 12-20(-35) mm, petiole 15-30(-40) mm long, succulent, leflets slender and cylindrical, with a dense indumentum of microsopical adpressed hairs interspersed with glandular hairs, Stipules triangular.
Inflorescence consisting of up to 8 pseudo-umbels each with 3-4 flowers, internodes very short, in total up to 10 cm tall, with successively opening flowers. Pedicel 6-12 mm. Flowers lemon-scented.
5, lanceolate, 6-10 x 1.5-3.0 mm. Hypanthium 5-9 mm.
Subequal, cream coloured, posterior narrowly elliptic to narrowly ovate, auricled at bases, (9-)11-12 mm x 2.5-3.0 mm, slightly reflexed, with feather-like markings, of similar length to sepals. Anterior slightly narrower, 7-11 x 2.0-2.5 mm, without markings, sometimes with a pink tinge at base.
The banks of Orange River also hide this gem, along with P. sibthoripiifolium and P. klinghardtense (10 km E Alexander Bay, N Cape Province). A slow-growing and modest species with water-conserving tubers, as all pelargoniums at this location.
hospitans Dinter nom. nud.
This species has recently been separated from P. ceratophyllum, for a key to the two species see there.
Becker M. (2008).
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