1. Family: Geraniaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Pelargonium L'Hér. ex Aiton
      1. Pelargonium dolomiticum R.Knuth

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

    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Erect perennial herb up to 50 cm. high, with a tuberous woody rootstock and 1 — several short lateral stems (each 1–5 cm. long) branching from an extremely short woody basal region; vegetative parts, peduncles and pedicels glandular and pubescent, covered with short stiff patent or ± appressed hairs and sessile glands, giving the whole plant a glaucous-canescent appearance.
    Leaves
    Leaves densely crowded on the short lateral stems; lamina 2·5–12 (15) × 1·5–8 (12) cm., narrowly ovate to ovate, 2–3-pinnate, ultimate segments 1–10 × 0·5–2 (3) mm., linear to oblong, apex rounded to acute; petiole up to 8 (18) cm. long; stipules 4–6 × 2·5–3·5 mm., oblong; to ovate, acute, membranous.
    Inflorescences
    1–2 sympodial leafy, sometimes two-branched flowering shoots arising from each lateral stem, terminating in a compound, cincinnately cymose inflorescence; peduncle 3–10 (15) cm. long, opposed to a very much reduced leaf, inserted at a wide angle, each one shorter than the one below and each bearing a terminal pseudumbel of 2–5 (7) flowers; bracts 3–5 (7), 5–6·5 × 3·5–5 mm., ovate, acute, membranous; free part of pedicel 1–4 (8) mm.
    Spur
    Spur 8–12 mm.
    Calyx
    Sepals 5–8 (9) × 1–3 mm., lorate to narrowly oblong, obtuse or sometimes acute, with conspicuous veins, studded with sessile bottle-shaped glands and a few short stiff hairs.
    Corolla
    Petals 4 (5), white to mauve with darker veins; 2 posterior 13–16 × 2–3·2 (4) mm., lorate, with a claw 5–7 mm. long, obtuse to deeply emarginate, slightly expanded laterally above the claw, expansion often inrolled; 2 (3) anterior 7–9 (10) × 3–4 (5) mm., oblong or sometimes ± elliptic, with a claw 3–5 mm. long, often with obliquely truncate base and apex.
    Androecium
    Stamens with fertile filaments 7, 4·5–10 mm. long, sterile filaments (staminodes) 3, 3–4 mm. long, all 10 connate at the base for 2–3·5 mm.; anthers 2–3 (3·5) × 1 (1·5) mm.
    Pistil
    Ovary with basal part tomentose; rostrum pubescent; style 3·5–7 mm. long; stigma 1·7–2·4 mm. long.
    Fruits
    Fruit 3·5–4·5 cm. long; cocci 8·0 × 1·6–2·0 mm.
    Seeds
    Seeds 4·8–5·5 × 1·3–1·6 mm., pale brown, very minutely reticulate (× 50).

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Botswana, Free State, Namibia, Northern Provinces, Swaziland

    Pelargonium dolomiticum R.Knuth appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    May 6, 1980 Leendertz [610], South Africa K000417288 Unknown type material

    First published in Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 40: 71 (1907)

    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
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    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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    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/
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