|Pelargonium elandsmontanum E.M.Marais ex J.C. Manning & Goldblatt
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S. Afr. J. Bot. 77 (2011) 241
Deciduous geophyte, 50-150 mm tall when in flower. Tuber turnip-shaped.
Emergent at flowering, 3-4, petiolate. Lamina cordate to orbicular in outline, mostly 3-digitate, rarely with 2 additional pinnules, pinnae obovate to rhomboid, acute, 6-9 x 5-7 mm, glabrous or hirsute adaxially with erect, silky hairs but densely appressed-hairy adaxially with white, falcate, subacute hairs. Petioles 10-15 mm long. Stipules subulate, adnate to petioles with apices free.
Scape, bearing 1-2 pseudo-umbellets, each 3-4-flowered. Pedicel ca. 0.5 mm.
Credit: ©Bernhard Kleeberger, reproduced with permission of the author.
5, lanceolate, acute, 7-8 x 1.5-1.8 mm, reflexed during anthesis, purplish with white margins. Hypanthium 8-10 mm long, purplish, glandular-hairy intermixed with scattered, short, scabridulous hairs.
2 in posterior position, pale pink with darker veins and red feather-like markings, reflexed at ~90 deg above claw, spathulate, 12-14 x 4-6 mm, truncate or shallowly emarginate.
5 fertile, exserted, lateral two 9-10 mm long, median three 7-8 mm long, anthers win- red, pollen orange.
P. elandsmontanum occupies a particular niche at the foothills of the Elanskloof Mountains, i.e. alluvial renosterveld that can become very wet seasonally. Since its publication it has been located elsewhere and in addition, P. ternifolium has been found growing nearby, although in slightly drier locations. P. elandsmontanum flowers from March to May, so it's an exceptionally late flowerer. The above photo of the flats gives an idea of the riches bursting into bloom at the beginning of September.
J. C. Manning and P. Goldblatt (2011).
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