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This species is accepted, and its native range is Central Ethiopia to Zambia.

[FZ]

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

Morphology General Habit
Decumbent perennial herb; stems up to 1·3 m. long, branching, straggling, often reddish, arising from a woody basal region; internodes up to 13 cm. long; vegetative parts, peduncles and pedicels glandular and ± pubescent to almost glabrous, hairs ± patent or ± adpressed on the leaves; glands sessile.
Morphology Leaves
Leaf-lamina 1·5–5·5 × 1·5–5 cm., narrowly ovate to ovate, cordate, 3-partite to 3-foliolate, with a larger middle section or leaflet, sometimes only shallowly 3-lobed or pinnatifid to pinnatisect; segments or pinnae ± rhombic, almost unlobed to pinnatipartite, margin crenate, hairs scattered, often restricted to the margin and veins; petiole 2–7 (12) cm. long; stipules 5–8 (10) × 2–5 (7) mm., narrowly ovate to very broadly ovate, acute to apiculate, membranous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence a terminal pseudumbel of 1–4 (5) flowers; peduncle 5–9 (13) cm. long, leaf-opposed or in the axil of the smaller of two apparently opposite leaves; bracts 4–8, 5–8 × 1·5–3 mm., lanceolate, acute, membranous; free part of pedicel 1–3 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Spur
Spur (5) 7–15 (20) mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals 9–14 × 1–4 mm., narrowly lanceolate to lanceolate, acuminate, glandular and sparsely pubescent, with conspicuous red veins.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals 4, pink with red veins; 2 posterior ones 9–20 × 3–5·5 mm. and 2 anterior ones 9–15 × 2–4 mm., all oblanceolate and unguiculate to ± spathulate; 2 posterior ones normally but not always longer than the anterior ones.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium
Stamens with fertile filaments 7, 5–12 (16) mm. long, sterile filaments (staminodes) 3, 2·5–5 (6·5) mm. long, all 10 connate at the base for 1–2·5 (5) mm.; anthers 2–2·5 × 1 mm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovary with basal part tomentose; rostrum pubescent; style 3–5 (8) mm. long; stigma 2–2·5 (3) mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit 3–4 cm. long; cocci 5–7 × 1·5–2 mm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds 3·5–4 (5) × 1·5–1·7 mm., pale brown, minutely reticulate.

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Perennial decumbent (occasionally tufted) herb; stems up to 1.3 m. long, straggling, often reddish to pink, branching, subsucculent, arising from a woody base; internodes up to 13 cm. long; vegetative parts, peduncles and pedicels glandular, ± pubescent to almost glabrous, hairs rather patent or somewhat adpressed on the leaves; glands sessile, glittering-gold; glandular hairs on the red stem parts usually filled with red pigments.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves opposite, sometimes alternate towards the stem-base; lamina narrowly ovate to ovate in outline, 1.5–5.5 cm. long, 1.5–5 cm. wide, cordate, 3-partite to 3-foliolate (sometimes much dissected, giving several subopposite pairs of pinnae plus the terminal one), with a larger middle section of the leaflet, sometimes only shallowly 3-lobed or pinnatifid to pinnatisect; segments or pinnae somewhat rhombic in outline, almost unlobed to pinnatipartite, the margin crenate, the hairs scattered and often restricted to the margins and veins; petiole 2–8(–12) cm. long; stipules narrowly to broadly ovate, 5–10 mm. long, 2–7 mm. wide, acute to apiculate at the apex, membranous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence a terminal simple umbel of 2–4(–5) flowers or the flowers sometimessolitary; peduncle 5–9(–13) cm. long, leaf-opposed or in the axil of the smaller of the 2 apparently opposite leaves; pedicels 1–3 mm. long; bracts 4–8 per node, lanceolate, acute, membranous, 5–8 mm. long, 1.5–3 mm. wide.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals lanceolate, 9–14 mm. long, 1–4 mm. wide, acuminate, glandular and sparsely pubescent, with conspicuous red veins.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Spur
Spur 5–15(–20) mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals 4, oblanceolate and unguiculate to ± spathulate, pink with red veins, the 2 posterior ones 9–20 mm. long, 3–5.5 mm. wide, generally longer than the anterior ones; the anterior ones 9–15 mm. long, 2–4 mm. wide.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens connate at the base for l–2.5(–5) mm.; antheriferous filaments 7, 5–12 (–16) mm. long, white below and pink towards the tip; staminodes 3, 2.5–6.5 mm. long, mostly white throughout; anthers 2–2.5 mm. long, ± 1 mm. wide.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovary with basal part tomentose; rostrum pubescent; style 3–8 mm. long; stigmas 1.5–3 mm. long, pink.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit 3–4 cm. long; mericarps 5–7 mm. long, 1.5–2 mm. wide.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds 3.5–5 mm. long, 1.5–1.7 mm. wide; testa minutely reticulate, pale brown.
Habitat
In drier parts of upland rain-forest, ericaceous moor, upland grassland and evergreen bushland, often on rocky ground; 1200–3500 m.
Distribution
K1 K3 K4 K6 T2 T3 T7 U1 U3

Native to:

Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zaïre

Pelargonium whytei Baker appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1897: 246 (1897)

Accepted by

  • 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.
  • Exell, A.W., Fernandes, A. & Wild, H. (eds.) (1963). Flora Zambesiaca 2(1): 1-351. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Kokwaro, J.O. (1971). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Geraniaceae: 1-23.
  • Robyns, W. & al. (eds.) (1948-1963). Flore du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi 1-10.

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.
  • Exell, A.W., Fernandes, A. & Wild, H. (eds.) (1963). Flora Zambesiaca 2(1): 1-351. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Robyns, W. & al. (eds.) (1948-1963). Flore du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi 1-10.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • A. Engler & O. Drude, Die Vegetation Der Erde, IX, Pflanzenwelt Afrikas 3(1): 711 (1915).
  • Bak. in Bulletin of Miscellaneous Information, Kew 1897: 246 (1897).
  • Brenan in Mem. N.Y. Bot. Gard. 8: 231 (1953).
  • D. Clifford, Pelargoniums: 146 (1958).
  • Müller in Flora Zambesiaca 2: 143 (1963).
  • O. Hedberg, Afroalpine Vascular Plants p. 125 (1957).
  • Petit in Flore du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi, 7: 28, t. 2 (1958).
  • R. Knuth in A. Engler, Das Pflanzenreich IV. 129: 394 (1912).

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Kew Backbone Distributions
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