3928.000 Pelargonium L'Hér. ex Aiton - Geraniums

Description of the genus

Annual or perennial herbs (in ours). Leaves stipulate, opposite or alternate. Inflorescence a 2-many-flowered pseudumbel, bracts present. Flowers zygomorphic, 5-merous. Uppermost sepal with a backwardly directed spur tightly fused to the pedicel (the spur itself is not obvious but there is a clear swelling which marks the end; this may be close to the base of the pedicel). Stamens 10, connate at base, 2-7 filaments bearing anthers. Stigmas 5. Beak of mericarps twisting helically when ripe.

Worldwide: 280 species, most South African, but also in tropical Africa, India, Australia and NZ

Malawi: 3 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
apetalum P. TaylorN
luridum (Andrews) SweetN,CDescription, Image
whytei Baker N,CDescription, Image

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Flora of Botswana: Pelargonium
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Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Pelargonium

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ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Pelargonium
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Pelargonium
Wikipedia: Pelargonium
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Pelargonium
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Pelargonium

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Malawi: Genus page: Pelargonium.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=788, retrieved 29 March 2023

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