Pelargonium whytei Baker

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Pelargonium whytei

Picture: Bart Wursten
Along northern loop, Nyika National Park

Pelargonium whytei

Picture: Bart Wursten
Along northern loop, Nyika National Park

Pelargonium whytei

Picture: Bart Wursten
Along northern loop, Nyika National Park

Pelargonium whytei

Picture: Bart Wursten
Along northern loop, Nyika National Park

Pelargonium whytei

Picture: Bart Wursten
Kaperekeza road, Nyika National Park

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Synonyms: Pelargonium goetzeanum Engl.
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Decumbent, straggling perennial herb; stems up to 1·3 m long, often reddish, arising from a woody rootstock. Vegetative parts, peduncles and pedicels with sessile glands and often more or less pubescent. Leaves ovate to broadly ovate in outline, up to 5 cm long and wide, cordate, 3-partite to 3-foliolate, sometimes only shallowly 3-lobed or pinnatifid to pinnatisect; segments or pinnae more or less rhombic, almost unlobed to very deeply lobed, hairs scattered, often restricted to the margin and veins; margin crenate; petiole mostly 2–7 cm long; stipules, narrowly ovate to very broadly ovate, 5–10 mm. Inflorescence a terminal pseudumbel of 1–5 flowers; peduncle 5–9 cm long, leaf-opposed or in the axil of the smaller of two apparently opposite leaves; bracts 4–8, lanceolate, 5-8 mm long. Sepals lanceolate, 9–14 mm long, glandular and sparsely pubescent, with conspicuous red veins. Petals 4, pink with red veins, oblanceolate to more or less spathulate; 2 posterior ones sometimes longer than the anterior ones. Fruit 3–4 cm long.
Type location:
Malawi, Nyika
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: whytei: after Alexander Whyte (1834-1908), Scottish plant explorer, and botanist who collected in Liberia, Kenya, Malawi and Uganda.
Habitat: Open scrub and grassland.
Altitude range: 1500 - 2440 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Eastern DRC, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): E
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Mc
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Content last updated: Friday 7 September 2018
Literature:

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.

Mueller, T. (1963). Geraniaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(1) Pages 143 - 144.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 67.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Pelargonium whytei
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Pelargonium whytei
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EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Pelargonium whytei
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Pelargonium whytei
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Pelargonium whytei
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Pelargonium whytei
The Plant List (version 1.1): Pelargonium whytei
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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-18

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2018). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Pelargonium whytei.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=194510, retrieved 21 September 2018

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