Pelargonium lobatum (Burm. f.) L'Hérit.
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Hort. Kew. ed. 1,2 (1789) 418.
Section Polyactium

Habit
Acaulescent geophyte with a large tuber, covered with brown scaly bark.



Leaves
Usually 3-lobed or 3-partite, subdivided, incised to varying depth. Up 30 cm in diameter, glandular, tomentose. Margin toothed. Stipules broadly ovate.



Inflorescence
Star-shaped 6-20-flowered pseudo-umbel.  Peduncle up to 70 cm. Pedicel approx. 1 mm. Flowers fragrant at night.



Sepals
5, lanceolate. Hypanthium ~3 cm.

Petals
Dark purple to black with a cream-coloured margin. Subequal, obovate, 5 x 10 mm.

Stamens
6 fertile, four longer, two very short.

Distribution


Habitat

P. lobatum is very common on Signal Hill overlooking Cape Town, here enveloped in morning winter mists.


Illustration

Curtis's Botanical Magazine, 1818, Tab. 1986.

Synonyms
arenarium Eckl. & Zeyh.
bicolor
(Jacq.) L'Herit.
geifolium
E. Mey.
heracleifolium
Lodd.
spondilifolium
Steud. nom. inval.
spondyliifolium
Salisb. nom. inval.
spondylifolium
Harv. nom. inval.



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