Pelargonium schlechteri R. Knuth
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Botanische Jahrbücher 40 (1907) 72.
Section Polyactium

Habit

Acaulescent geophyte with scape <1m.


Credit: ©Garth Bushell, reproduced with permission of the author.

Leaves
Alternate, prominently veined, lamina leathery, broadly ovate, 120-190 x 140-280 mm, deeply lobed, base truncate, apices of lobes dentate, margins of lobes distantly toothed, ciliate. Petiole up to 240 mm long.


Credit: ©Frank Gaude, reproduced with permission of the author.

Inflorescence
Scape unbranched, usually with 2 pseudoumbles of flowers, occasionally 1, 3 or 4. Pedicel ~20 mm.

Credit: ©Garth Bushell, reproduced with permission of the author.

Sepals
5, connate at base, narrowly ovate, ~10 mm long. Hypanthium ~30 mm.

Petals
Obovate, 8-12 x 4-10 mm, bicoloured, mauve, maroon or purple in the centre, with yellow, dull yelow or white edges.

Stamens
7 fertile.

Distribution


Habitat

The typical two-tiered inflorescence of P. schlechteri clearly distinguishes this species from P. luridum, with which it used to be considered synonymous. Credit: ©Garth Bushell, reproduced with permission of the author.


P. schlechteri is found on the steep, rocky grassland slopes of the northern Drakensberg, as high up as 2,000-2,400 m, but also occurs further east in KwaZulu-Natal, as well as in the Free State, Mpumalanga and the Eastern Cape. It grows in deep soil on stream banks or around large boulders
. Credit: ©Garth Bushell, reproduced with permission of the author.

Synonym
flabellifolium Harv. nom. inval.


Literature

E.Retief, C. Craib, G. Condy: Pelargonium schlechteri. Flowering Plants of Africa 60 (2007) 84-88.


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