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

[FZ]

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

Morphology General 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.
Morphology 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.
Morphology Reproductive morphology 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.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Spur
Spur 12–32 (40) mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals 8–14 (17) × 2–4 (6) mm., lorate to narrowly oblong or narrowly lanceolate to lanceolate, acute, glandular and ± pubescent, sometimes accrescent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers 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.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers 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.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium 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.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit 3–4·5 (6) cm. long; cocci 5·5–6 × 1·5–1·8 mm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds 4·2–1·6 × 1·4–1·7 mm., pale brown, minutely reticulate.

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

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

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

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

Flora Zambesiaca
Flora Zambesiaca
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Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

Kew Backbone Distributions
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. 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 2021. 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