sericifolium J. J. A. van der
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J. S. Afr. Bot. 46 (1980) 284.
Much branched evergreen shrublet, up to 0.3 m. Stems green when young, gradually becoming silvery-brown and dark brown with age, covered with remains of petioles and stipules.
Leaves simple, palmatilobate to palmatisect, densely hairy, glandular hairs few, base of lamina cuneate, apices of segments acute, 7-15 x 7-10 mm. Petiole 7-13 mm, persistent. Stipules linear, apices free, 3-9 mm long, sericeous.
Rarely branched, with reduced pseudo umbels, each with 1-2 flowers. Peduncle 20-45 mm, sericeous. Pedicel 1-3 mm.
5, (narrowly) ovate, 7-9 x 2-3 mm. Hypanthium 35-60 mm.
Petals 5, intense pinkish purple, with dark purple markings, especially on anterior petals. Posterior two 15-28 x 10-16 mm, reflexed at cca. 45 deg, anterior 12-23 x 5-7 mm, reflexed at >90 deg.
7 fertile, 2 long, 3 shorter, 2 short.
Spektakel Pass in N. Cape Province, photographed in 2001, home to a significant population of P. sericifolium, as well as numerous other Pelargonium species, succulents, bulbs and shrubs.
When in flower, the plants are truly beautiful. The leaves are finely hairy and thus appear almost grey, and perfectly offset the intensively coloured flower.
sericeum E. Mey. nom. nud.
van der Walt J. J. A., Vorster P. J. (1980).
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