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Pelargonium radiatum Pers. is a tuberous plant from the Southwest Cape area of South Africa, on the Dutoitskloof and Slanghoek mountains and on Jonaskop in the Riviersonderend Mountains, on sandstone. The flowers may be pink, yellow or cream, with wine red feathering on the upper two. Flowering takes place between October and January. The name refers to the way the leaves radiate out from the tuber. (Section Hoarea, Incrassatum Group). Photos David Victor.

Pelargonium radiatum, David VictorPelargonium radiatum, David Victor

Pelargonium radulifolium Harv. is a tuberous species that grow to 60 cm and can sprout after fire. It is found in open places on well drained soil over a broad area of the Cape, from Clanwilliam to Port Elizabeth. It has soft hairy leaves that are dissected into large lobes with toothed margins. Flowers are brownish yellow or salmon pink, sometimes marked with maroon or black. Plants flower in summer and autumn (August to May). Photo from the book Plants of the Klein Karoo courtesy of Jan and Anne Lise Schutte-Vlok.

Pelargonium radulifolium, Jan and Anne Lise Schutte-Vlok

Pelargonium rapaceum (L.) L'Hér. is a species with the widest South African distribution of all those species in Section Hoarea, from the Richtersveld, along the West coast on the coastal plain and then along the south coast as far as Grahamstown, on fynbos, renosterveld and marginal strandveld. Growing to 40 cm tall when it flower, this species has finely dissected leaves that are usually dry when the plants are in flower. The flowers are unmistakable, with their pea shape and can be white, cream, yellow, or pink, with wine red feathering on the "knees" of the upper two. Flowering takes place from October to February. The name refers to the turnip shaped, thickened tuber. (Section Hoarea, Rapaceum Group). The first two photos from David Victor. The last photo from the book Plants of the Klein Karoo courtesy of Jan and Anne Lise Schutte-Vlok.

Pelargonium rapaceum, David VictorPelargonium rapaceum, David VictorPelargonium rapaceum, Jan and Anne Lise Schutte-Vlok

Pelargonium reflexum Pers. is a tuberous species from the western side of South Africa, from the Bokkeveld escarpment around Nieuwoudtville. It occurs in fynbos on sandy flats or rocky areas. The flowers are white with the upper two having wine red feathering. Flowering takes place from December to January. The name refers to the fact that many parts of the plant are reflexed, including petals, stigma and posterior stamen. (Section Hoarea, Pinnatum Group). The photo from David Victor may be this species.

Pelargonium species aff. reflexum, David Victor

Pelargonium schizopetalum Sweet is a tuberous species from the Cape Province of South Africa. The flowers may be pink or white and are highly fimbriate and on stems up to a foot high. (Section Polyactium). Photos David Victor.

Pelargonium schizopetalum, David VictorPelargonium schizopetalum, David Victor

Pelargonium sidoides DC. is a species with forms that have flowers which are close to a true black. Andrew Wilson noted that wild-collected seeds are better since the version sold in nurseries is a hybrid and is merely a dark maroon. When the weather is hot, the flowers don't look as black as they do in the cool springtime. Photo 1 was taken July 2003 by Lee Poulsen grown from Silverhill seeds. Photos 2-4 were taken in October 2004 by Susan Hayek of plants from a commercial source.

Pelargonium sidoides, Lee PoulsenPelargonium sidoides, Susan HayekPelargonium sidoides, Susan HayekPelargonium sidoides, Susan Hayek

Pelargonium species This is a plant grown from seed obtained from Silverhill seeds as P. incrassatum. Whilst it is clearly a plant of Section Hoarea, it is not P. incrassatum, but I have not yet identified it. Photos David Victor.

Pelargonium species, David VictorPelargonium species, David Victor

Pelargonium species nova This is a recently discovered tuberous species that comes from the Western side of South Africa, in the foothills of the Nardouwsberg North of Clanwilliam. It grows under the shelter of clumps of Restionaceae. The flowers are white, with a small red "v" on the upper two. They are on long stems to allow the flowers to appear above local vegetation. Flowering takes place during February and March. (Section Hoarea). Photos David Victor.

Pelargonium species nova, David Victor

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