|Pelargonium graveolens L'Hérit.|
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Ait. Hort. Kew. ed. 1, 2 (1789) 423.
Erect, much branched and strongly rose-scented shrub, up to 1.3 m tall and 1 m wide. Stems herbaceous when young, becoming woody with age, villous to densely villous and densely interspersed with glandular hairs, green but becoming brownish with age.
Soft to the touch, indumentum variable but always with numerous glandular hairs, lamina cordiform in outline, palmatipartite to pinnatisect with the segments irregularly pinnatipartite to pinnatisect, adaxially sparsely villous to villous and green, abaxially villous to densely villous or almost lanate and greyish-green, base cordate, segments adaxially grooved, apices obtuse to acute, margins irregularly serrate and revolute, (30-)60(-100) x (20-)40(-55) mm. Petiole (10-)30(-80) mm long, stipules assymmetric-triangular, 4 x 6 mm.
Pseudo-umbel of 3-5(-7) flowers, borne on a flowering branch with normal and smaller foliar leaves. Peduncles 15-40 mm.
Lanceolate, with 2-3.5 x 8-11 mm, hypanthium 4-15 mm.
White to pinkish, posterior two spathulate with apices obtuse to emarginate, reflexed at ca. 90o, with wine-red feather-like markings, 6-8 x 20-30 mm. Anterior three spathulate to oblanceolate with narrow claws, reflexed at ca. 45o, 4-5 x 17-22 mm.
7 fertile (4 long, 1 medium, 2 short).
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