Pelargonium fulgidum #1
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Geraniaceae - South Africa; Northern Cape Province provenance of plant above
Celandine-leaved Pelargonium; rooi malva (Afrikaans)
Shown: Branching flowering stem displaying buds and flowers
"Pelargonium fulgidum is a perennial dwarf shrub with a scrambling habit. It is 0.4-1.0 m high but if growing amongst, and supported by other plants, it can reach a height of 2 m or more. The stems are semisucculent, becoming woody with age, and are covered with persistent membranous stipules.
"The leaves are oblong to heart-shaped, with serrated margins and are covered with tiny, silvery hairs, making them silky. The leaves are 30-100 x 20-70 mm, and are pinnately incised into 3-6 lobes (meaning that they are cleft nearly to the midrib but are not separated into distinct leaflets). The petioles are 20-90 mm long and covered with long, soft hairs. Fused to the base of the petioles, are the large, asymmetrical, ovate, membranous stipules.
"The flowers are scarlet or carmine and are borne above the foliage on a long, branched peduncle, in 4-9-flowered, umbel-like heads." (www.plantzafrica.com/plantnop/pelargfulgidum.htm)
Photographed in U.C. Botanical Garden at Berkeley - Berkeley, California