Pelargonium klinghardtense Knuth
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Reprium nov. Spec. Regni veg. 18 (1922) 293.
Section Otidia

Habit
Succulent, branched shrub up to 80 cm when in flower, usually smaller. Stems either long or dwarf (bearing leaves). Bark green, smooth, microscopically pubescent. Fleshy leaves borne on dwarf shoots.



Leaves
Simple, minutely pubescent, light green. Lamina obovate to spathulate, base cuneate, apex rounded, lobed and undulate, 3-6 cm long and 1.5-5 cm broad. Petioles 1-6 cm. Stipules ovate, membraneous, 2x2 mm, caducous.


Inflorescence
Branched inflorescence with 2-4 pseudumbels. Peduncle 1.5-7.5 mm, pedicel 1-2.5 mm.


Sepals
5, narrowly ovate, apices acute, recurved, 8-10x2.5-3.5 mm. Hypanthium 3-6 mm.

Petals
5, white without markings, spathulate, posterior 10-12x4 mm, reflexed at >90 deg, anterior 10-11x3 mm, reflexed at <90 deg.

Stamens
5 fertile, 2 longer, 2 long, 1 short.

Distribution


Habitat

The same habitat as admired under P. sibthorpiifolium (10 km E Alexander Bay, N Cape Province), now looking at larger verds. Here a majestic Sarcocaulon patersonii, also from the Geraniaceae family.


"A rose by any other name...", a sarcocaulon rather, is always spectacular when in flower. The thorny appearance of these ancient specimens contrasted by the poppy-like tenderness of the petals is unforgettable.
 
Illustration

Sarcocaulon patersonii, postal stamp, Republic of South Africa, 1973.


Synonyms
jacobii R. A. Dyer
paradoxum
Dinter nom. inval. 



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