Pelargonium pillansii Salter
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J. South Afr. Bot. 4 (1938) 120, t. 6
Section Polyactium

Habit
Geophyte with the exposed stem poorly developed and sparsely branched.


Leaves
Simple to 5-lobate or pinnatifid or pinnate, +/- glabrous, aglandular, glaucous, tinted red to varying degrees, lamina cordiform in outline, decurrent along petiole, base cordate, 40-120 x 40-80 mm, petiole up to 140 mm long. Stipules narrowly ovate with acute apices, cca. 8 x 2.5-3.5 mm, persistent.


Inflorescence
Unbranched peduncle, up to 300 mm tall, carrying a pseudo-umbel with (5-)10(-17) almost regular flower. Pedicel much shorter than hypanthium.


Sepals
5, narrowly ovate with apices acute. Hypanthium up to 60 mm.

Petals
Subequal, pale dirty yellow to cinnamon-coloured, spathulate with apices rounded, recurved at 90 deg, apices somewhat incurved, posterior 13-15 x 4-4.5 mm, occasionally with diffuse markings, posterior cca. 12 x 4.5 mm.

Stamens
6-7 fertile, 4 longer, 2 or 3 shorter.

Distribution


Habitat

The Witteberg mountain range just south of Matjiesfontein is an interesting, and little explored mix of karooid and fynbos vegetation. The Witteberg Private Nature Reserve consists of a number of valleys that are fairly difficult to access and where even short walks are awarded by breathtaking views. Not many geophytic Pelargonium species have been spotted here (yet),  P. luteolum and P. rapaceum are reasonably frequent.



The prehistoric geology of the Witteberg Reserve is equally unique, with the fold pictured here forming a natural cave. As in many similar natural hideaways, historic inhabitatants left drawings as evidence or their artistic prowess. It is extraordinary to think that tourists - modern nomads, now tread the parched paths of hunter-gatherers of centuries ago.

Synonims
fumariifolium sensu Clifford

Literature
Maggs G. L. et al. (1999)


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