Pelargonium luridum (Andr.) Sweet
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Colvill Catalogue ed. 2:2 (1822).
Section Polyactium

Habit
Acaulescent geophyte.


Leaves
Variably shaped, even on the same plant, from shallowly lobed to deeply pinnatisect to filiform. Lamina up to 27 cm, petiole up to 30 cm long, smaller in cultivation. Long-haired with sessile glands. Stipules linear to narrowly triangular.


Inflorescence
5-60-flowered pseudo-umbel, peduncle long-haired with glands, up to 1 m, less in cultivation. Pedicel 5-10 mm.


Sepals
5, lanceolate. Hypanthium >3 cm.

Petals
Subequal, up to 12 mm, obovate, anterior slightly narrower. Colour: white, pink, red, yellow, greenish.

Stamens
7 fertile.

Distribution


Habitat

Mlawula Nature Reserve in Swaziland, in Northern Lebombo Mountains on the very border between Swaziland and Mozambique. To say that this is a landscape baked in sun would be a gross understatement. P. luridum is found in the sandy soil close to rocks or bushes. A majestic Pachypodium lealii ssp. saundersii in the front, braving the barren clifftops where barely any other plants survive.
For a further habitat photo, see the P. peltatum page.  



P. luridum can be found 
in the lush valleys as well. This is a lonely part of the world, with animals unaccustomed to human presence.

Synonims
aconitiphyllum (Eckl. & Zeyh.) Steud.
aconitophyllum Harv.
angulosum Szyszyl nom. inval.
benguellense (Welw. ex Oliv.) Warb.
heckmannianum Engl.
huraefolium Col.
longiscapum Schlecter ex Knuth
polymorphum E. Mey.
rehmannii Szyszylowicz
woodii Knuth
zeyheri Harv.

Illustration

Postal stamp, Mozambique, 1981.

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