|Pelargonium magenteum J. J. A van der Walt|
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J. South Afr. Bot. 46 (1980) 283-292.
Perennial shrublet with tuberous roots, up to 1 m high, usually smaller. Branches woody, almost glabrous, without persistent spine-like stipules.
Lamina 0.5-1.5 x 0.5-1 cm, cordate-round or cordate-reniform with crenate or crenulate margins, obscurely 3-lobed. Leaves on the flowering branches usually much smaller. Abaxially sub-tomentose, appearing grey. Stipules ovate.
Pseudo-umbel with 2-9 flowers.
Petals emarginate, pink, mauve to deep magenta, with wine-red blotches on all petals.
6-7 fertile, usually four longer, two shorter.
On the way from the Roggeveld plateau to the Tanqua Karoo, Oubergpas quickly descends from 1400 m to 500 m with fantastic views and extraordinary flora on the way, no doubt because the climate rapidly changes with altitude.
P. magenteum abounds on the slopes towards the bottom of Oubergpas. In August 2016, each purple dot was a flowering bush of P. magenteum.
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