Geranium arabicum Forssk.
subsp. arabicum

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Geranium arabicum subsp. arabicum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Cloudlands layby on main Vumba rd.

Geranium arabicum subsp. arabicum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Cloudlands layby on main Vumba rd.

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Synonyms: Geranium frigidum Hochst. ex A. Rich.
Geranium keniense Standl.
Geranium simense Hochst. ex A. Rich.
Common names:
Status: Native
Creeping or scrambling perennial herb. Leaves 5-lobed, divided for about 3/4 of the length with elliptic to rhombic segments, stiffly hairy on both surfaces. Inflorescences axillary, 1-2-flowered on long hairy peduncles; Petals obovate white or pink with conspicuous dark purple-red veins; stamens 10. Fruit smooth, hairy with a beak, 12-20 mm long.
Derivation of specific name: arabicum: of Arabia, where the type specimen was found (Yemen)
Habitat: In damp, shaded areas in woodland and along margins of forest.
Altitude range: (metres) 1100 - 2130 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread on the mountains of Tropical Africa. Also in Arabia and Madagascar.
Zimbabwe distribution: C,E
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Endemic status:
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Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 178.

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 28.

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 53.

Mueller, T. (1963). Geraniaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(1) Pages 132 - 133. As Geranium arabicum (Includes a picture).

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 106.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Geranium arabicum
African Plant Database: Geranium arabicum
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Geranium arabicum
JSTOR Plant Science: Geranium arabicum
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Geranium arabicum
Plants of the World Online: Geranium arabicum
Tropicos: Geranium arabicum
Wikipedia: Geranium arabicum

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Geranium arabicum subsp. arabicum., retrieved 30 May 2024

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