1. Family: Geraniaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Pelargonium L'Hér. ex Aiton
      1. Pelargonium glechomoides A.Rich.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is NE. Tropical Africa to Central Kenya.

    [FTEA]

    Geraniaceae, J. O. Kokwaro (University College Nairobi). Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1971

    Habit
    Perennial prostrate or ascending delicate herb up to 5 dm. long, rhizomatous; stems rather lax, branching on the upper part, entirely herbaceous; internodes 2–7.5 cm. long, generally 1–2 mm. across (occasionally enlarged up to 5 mm. thick); stems, peduncles and pedicels covered with short glandular hairs intermingled with long scattered spreading hairs.
    Leaves
    Leaves opposite and/or alternate, sometimes only in basal rosettes, radical ones ultimately deciduous; lamina reniform, slightly 5–7-lobed, 1–5.5 cm. long, (0.5–)2–9 cm. wide, cordate at the base, membranous, pilose to pubescent especially on the nerves beneath to almost glabrous on the upper surface; lobes deeply crenate-dentate; petiole 1–15.5 cm. long, pubescent with long hairs; stipules ovate-lanceolate, 3–6 mm. long, 1.5–3 mm. wide, acuminate, membranous.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescences of 2–8 flowers, borne alternately along the stem; peduncle 2–10 cm. long, leaf-opposed or in the axil of the 2 apparently opposite leaves; free part of the pedicel 5–15 mm. long; bracts lanceolate, 3–5 mm. long, 1–1.5 mm. wide, acute, hyaline and ciliate along the margins, membranous.
    Calyx
    Sepals lanceolate to ovate, 4–9 mm. long, 1.5–4 mm. wide, usually coloured like the petals, hyaline on the margin, cuspidate to acuminate, pubescent and glandular.
    Spur
    Spur funnel-shaped, 5–18 mm. long.
    Corolla
    Petals 4, 7–15 mm. long, 2–6 mm. wide towards the apex, bright pink or rose-redwith crimson lines, the 2 anterior ones spathulate, the posterior pair oblong-cuneate, all much narrowed towards the base and entire.
    Stamens
    Stamens connate at the base for 1–2.7 mm.; antheriferous filaments 5, 6–10 mm. long; staminodes 5, subulate, 1–3 mm. long, alternating with the antheriferous filaments; anthers 1.5–1.8 mm. long, 0.6–0.8 mm. wide.
    Pistil
    Ovary with basal part tomentose; stigmas 0.6–0.8 mm. long; style glabrous, 6–8 mm. long.
    Fruits
    Fruit 1.5–2.5 cm. long, pilose to pubescent; mericarps 4–5.2 mm. long, 2.4–3.2 mm. wide.
    Seeds
    Seeds oblong-ovoid, 2.2–3 mm. long, 1–1.5 mm. wide, glabrous; testa smooth, brown.
    Figures
    Fig. 3.
    Habitat
    Deciduous bushland and in grassland, on cliffs and lava outcrops, along river banks, in shade and on sandy soils; 750–2700 m.
    Distribution
    K1 K4

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia

    Pelargonium glechomoides A.Rich. appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Tent. Fl. Abyss. 1: 118 (1847)

    Accepted by

    • Kokwaro, J.O. (1971). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Geraniaceae: 1-23.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Edwards, S., Tadesse, M., Demissew, S. & Hedberg, I. (eds.) (2000). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 2(1): 1-532. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • D. Clifford, Pelargoniums: 148 (1958).
    • Cufod., Enumeratio Plantarum Aethiopiae Spermatophyta (Supplement in Bull. Jard. Bot. Brux.) p. 351 (1956).
    • Hutch. & Bruce in Bulletin of Miscellaneous Information, Kew 1941: 95 (1941).
    • R. Knuth in A. Engler, Das Pflanzenreich IV. 129: 454 (1912).
    • Oliv. in Flora of Tropical Africa 1: 294 (1868)
    • A. Rich., Tent. Fl. Abvss. 1: 118 (1847).

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    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