|Pelargonium tongaense Vorster|
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S. Afr. J. Bot. 2 (1983) 76.
Small, shrubby, somewhat procumbent herb, apparently dying back in winter, up to 200 mm tall (to 400 mm when in flower). Stems smooth, slightly succulent, pilose, pale green.
Simple, slightly thickened, pilose, pale green. Lamina angularly lobate-palmate, base incised, apices of lobes acute to obtuse or even rounded, margin entire but very shallowly lobed near apices of lobes, 40-60 mm long and wide, pilose (particularly adaxially). Petiole 30-120 mm long, pilose with short hairs with interspersed long hairs. Stipules ovate with acute apices, 2 x 1.5 mm.
Pseudo-umbel of 3-8 flowers, peduncle 200 mm. Pedicel 3-4 mm.
Narrowly ovate with acute apices, pale green, 9-10x1.5-2.5 mm. Hypanthium 30-40 mm.
5, ovate-cuneate with round apices, unifromly bright scarlet-red, posterior two (15-)17(-19)x(6-)7(-8) mm, gradually reflexed to ca. 90o, with inconspicuous darker red veins near the base. anterior three (14-)16(-18)x(7-)8(-9) mm, reflexed at base at less than 90o.
7 fertile, 5 long, 2 short.
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