Pelargonium luridum (Andrews) Sweet

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Pelargonium luridum

Picture: Bart Wursten
Tom Hulley Rd, Vumba

Pelargonium luridum

Picture: Bart Wursten
Vumba Rd, before Bunga Forest

Pelargonium luridum

Picture: Petra Ballings
Castle Beacon, Vumba

Pelargonium luridum

Picture: Bart Wursten
Road to Skyline Junction, close to Chimanimani village

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Synonyms: Pelargonium aconitiphyllum Eckl. & Zeyh.
Common names:
Status: Native
Perennial herb, dying back in winter. New leaves almost round, or slightly lobed, only becoming more dissected into lobes later. Flowers usually white or tinged with pink.
Type location:
South Africa
Derivation of specific name: luridum: wan, sallow, lacking (skin) colour.
Habitat: Open areas and grassland, sometimes in burnt ground
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Nov - Feb
Worldwide distribution: DRC, Tanzania, Angola, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and South Africa
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W,E
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,N,Mc,C,Lk
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Cacyreus palemon palemon (Food plant)
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Bandeira, S., Bolnick, D. & Barbosa, F. (2007). Wild Flowers of Southern Mozambique Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique Page 95. (Includes a picture).

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 62 - 63. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 180. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 43.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 54.

Mueller, T. (1963). Geraniaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(1) Pages 141 - 143.

Plowes, D.C.H. & Drummond, R.B. (1990). Wild Flowers of Zimbabwe. Revised edition. Longman, Zimbabwe. No. 64, plate 89

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 92.

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Flora of Malawi: Pelargonium luridum
Flora of Mozambique: Pelargonium luridum
Flora of Zimbabwe: Pelargonium luridum

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Pelargonium luridum
African Plant Database: Pelargonium luridum
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Pelargonium luridum
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Pelargonium luridum
JSTOR Plant Science: Pelargonium luridum
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Pelargonium luridum
Plants of the World Online: Pelargonium luridum
Tropicos: Pelargonium luridum
Wikipedia: Pelargonium luridum

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-23

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Pelargonium luridum., retrieved 28 September 2023

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