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A wild plant by Nicola van Berkel,
That colour flower by Nicola van Berkel,
And a darker by Nicola van Berkel,
A real dark flower by Donn Reiners,
The fruit by Nicola van Berkel,
Ernst Gottlieb von Steudel,
Southern South Africa
30 (50) Centimetres
Purplish - Wine-Red - Almost
Black / Purple
Eckl. & Zeyh.
Geraniospermum caffrum, Kuntze
This member of the Geraniaceae
was given this name by Ernst Gottlieb von Steudel in 1841. It is found in
southern South Africa, growing in a well drained soil with some water and
lots of sun. The caudex can grow to four centimetres in diameter, the entire plant
to 30 centimetres in height, 50 with the flowers which are from purplish over
wine-red to almost black, and can have purple markings.
The genera name from Greek; pelargos; 'stork' for the
ripening fruits, which resembles the bills of storks. The species name
from Latin caffrorum referring to British Kaffraria, the name
given to the area between the Kei and Keiskamma rivers in the latter
half of the 19th century.