|Pelargonium parvipetalum E. M. Marais
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Taxonom. Stud. in Pelargonium, sect. Hoarea (Geraniaceae), Ph.D. Thesis, Univ. of Stellenbosch, 1994, p. 285.
Deciduous geophyte 80-250(-280) mm tall when in flower, tuber turnip-shaped or elongated, sometimes moniliform.
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Lamina elliptic, 25-95(-140) mm long, pinnately compound, irregularly pinnatisect to bipinnatisect; pinnae lobate to laciniate, 10-30 x 6-20 mm, adaxially and abaxially hirsute with long appressed hairs; petiole 15-60(-90) mm long, rigid, erect, hirsute with appressed stiff hairs interspersed with bristle-like hairs and very short glandular hairs. Stipules subulate, adnate to petioles with apices free.
Scape, bearing (2-)3-5(-6) pseudo-umbellets, each 7-14(-18)-flowered. Pedicel cca. 0.5 mm.
5, lanceolate, apices acute, 6-10 x 2-4.5 mm, recurved, green, indumentum abaxially as on hypanthium. Hypanthium 8-16 mm, reddish brown, densely hirsute with appressed hairs interspersed with long glandular hairs.
5, white, patent during anthesis, posterior two with dark feather-like markings, ligulate to spathulate, bases cuneate, apices obtuse, rounded or emarginate, recurved during anthesis, 5-8.5 x 1.5-3 mm. Anterior three spathulate, bases attenuate, apices rounded, 4.5-8 x 1.5-2 mm.
5 fertile, protruding from the flower, posterior one 7-9 mm, lateral two 8-10 mm, anterior two 8-10 mm long.
P. parvipetalum is found from Gamoep in the north, the Platbakkies area east of Kamiesberge and as far south as Pakhuis Pass. It grows in sandy soil in quartzite patches in short succulent Karoo, in mountain renosterveld or in arid fynbos. It is an early flowering species in September with leaves still present.
Marais E. M. (1994).
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