1. Family: Geraniaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Pelargonium L'Hér. ex Aiton
      1. Pelargonium alchemilloides (L.) L'Hér.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is E. Zimbabwe to S. Africa.

    [FZ]

    Geraniaceae, T. Müller. Flora Zambesiaca 2:1. 1963

    Habit
    Decumbent perennial herb, with a woody stoloniferous to tuberous rootstock; stems up to 80 cm. long, little branched; internodes up to 12 (15) cm. long (but only up to 1 cm. long in our area); vegetative parts, peduncles and pedicels glandular and pubescent; hairs on spur, free part of the pedicel and under side of the bracts retrorse, those on the leaves: ± appressed, elsewhere ± patent, often very much longer and most distinctly patent on the stem, petiole and lower part of the peduncle; glands sessile.
    Leaves
    Leaf-lamina 2·5–10 × 2·5–12 cm. (only 2·5–4·5 × 2·5–4·5 cm. in our area), broadly ovate to depressed-ovate, sometimes with a dark red or brownish zonal marking, palmatifid to palmatipartite (normally palmatilobed), cordate at the base; lobes rounded to oblong, crenate to serrate; petiole up to (3) 10 (15) cm. long; stipules 5–17 × 2–12 mm. (only 5–7 × 2–3 mm. in our area), membranous, narrowly ovate to very broadly ovate, acute or apiculate to cuspidate (narrowly oblong to deltate and acute in our area), sometimes bifid.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence a pseudumbel of 2–13 flowers (3–4 in our area); peduncle 6–25 cm. long, leaf-opposed or in the axil of the smaller of two apparently opposite leaves; bracts few to numerous, 3–7 × 0·8–2 mm., lanceolate or lorate to narrowly oblong, membranous; free part of pedicel 3–7 (11) mm. long.
    Spur
    Spur 12–32 (40) mm. long.
    Calyx
    Sepals 8–14 (17) × 2–4 (6) mm., lorate to narrowly oblong or narrowly lanceolate to lanceolate, acute, glandular and ± pubescent, sometimes accrescent.
    Corolla
    Petals 5, white, pink or dark red (pink in our area); 2 posterior ones 9–20 × 2·5–10 mm., spathulate; 3 anterior ones 7·5–15 × 2–8 mm., oblanceolate, unguiculate.
    Androecium
    Stamens with fertile filaments 7, 3·2–6·8 mm. long; sterile filaments (staminodes) 3, 3–5·2 mm. long; anthers 1·3–1·8 × 0·8–1·2 mm.
    Pistil
    Ovary tomentose; rostrum not distinct at time of flowering; style 0·1–0·8 (1) mm. long; stigma 1·2–2·5 mm. long.
    Fruits
    Fruit 3–4·5 (6) cm. long; cocci 5·5–6 × 1·5–1·8 mm.
    Seeds
    Seeds 4·2–1·6 × 1·4–1·7 mm., pale brown, minutely reticulate.

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Cape Provinces, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho, Mozambique, Northern Provinces, Swaziland, Zimbabwe

    Pelargonium alchemilloides (L.) L'Hér. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Mungai, G. et al. [3102/A], Kenya K000449720

    First published in W.Aiton, Hort. Kew. 2: 419 (1789)

    Accepted by

    • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa an annotated checklist Strelitzia 14: 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • Exell, A.W., Fernandes, A. & Wild, H. (eds.) (1963). Flora Zambesiaca 2(1): 1-351. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa an annotated checklist Strelitzia 14: 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • Exell, A.W., Fernandes, A. & Wild, H. (eds.) (1963). Flora Zambesiaca 2(1): 1-351. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
    'The Herbarium Catalogue, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet http://www.kew.org/herbcat [accessed on Day Month Year]'. Please enter the date on which you consulted the system.

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0