Pelargonium mossambicense Engl.

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Pelargonium mossambicense

Photo: Bart Wursten
Plateau below Nhandore peak, Mt Gorongosa

Pelargonium mossambicense

Photo: Bart Wursten
Plateau below Nhandore peak, Mt Gorongosa

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Status: Native
Decumbent, sprawling perennial herb with stems up to 1 m long. Most parts glandular hairy. Leaves sometimes apparently opposite, very broadly ovate, more or less 3-5-lobed; margin crenate, often tinted purple-red. Flowers in leaf-opposed or axillary, 2-5-flowered pseudo-umbels, white to pale pink with dark purple-red markings; spur 6-11 mm long.
Notes: Though not listed in Kirkia 18-2 (Mapaura, 2002), it is apparently near Endemic.
Derivation of specific name: mossambicense: of Mozambique
Habitat: Among rocks in montane grassland and along the margins of evergreen forest.
Altitude range: (metres) 1700 - 2400 m
Flowering time:Apr - Jun
Worldwide distribution: Eastern Zimbabwe and Mt Gorongosa, Mozambique.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status: Near Endemic
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Insects associated with this species: Cacyreus palemon palemon (Food plant)
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Images last updated: Friday 18 January 2008

Darbyshire, I., Timberlake, J., Osborne, J., Rokni, S., Matimele, H., Langa. C., Datizua, C., de Sousa, C., Alves, T., Massingue, A., Hadj-Hammou, J., Dhanda, S., Shah, T., Wursten, B. (2019). The endemic plants of Mozambique: diversity and conservation status Phytotaxa 136 Page 87.

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 144 - 145.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Pelargonium mossambicense
African Plant Database: Pelargonium mossambicense
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Pelargonium mossambicense
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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: Pelargonium mossambicense., retrieved 4 March 2024

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