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Family: GERANIACEAE 

 Pelargonium proliferum
 

Old drawing of Pelargonium barbatum.

  
Author:  Ernst Gottlieb von Steudel 1841
Family:  Geraniaceae
Habitat:  Southern South Africa
Soil:  Sand - Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  4 Centimetres
Height:  12 Centimetres
Flower:  Cream - Pink/Wine Red
Reproduction:  Seeds
Pop names:  Bearded-Leaved Geranium
Synonyms:  Pelargonium longifolium, Nicolaus Joseph von Jacquin 1886-93. Pelargonium proliferum, Ernst Gottlieb von Steudel. Geranium ciliatum Cav. Geranium laciniatum Andrews. Geranium proliferum Burm.f. Pelargonium ciliatum Pers. Pelargonium laciniatum Pers. Pelargonium leeanum G.Don. Pelargonium longifolium var. parnassioides Knuth. Pelargonium parnassioides DC. Pelargonium penniforme Pers. Pelargonium purpurascens Pers. Pelargonium barbatum, Nicolaus Joseph von Jacquin 1886-93

Old drawing of Pelargonium longifolium.

   This member of the Geraniaceae family was given this name by Ernst Gottlieb von Steudel in 1841. It is found in south western South Africa, growing in sand or other well drained soil with some water and lots of sun. The caudex can grow to four centimetres in diameter, the entire plant to twelve centimetres in height. The flowers are from almost white over cream to pink with red markings.

The name refers to the fact that the branching scape, produces several peduncles, each with many-flowered pseudo-umbellets.

I have to confess: I tend to get lost in all these synonyms, and the herbarium specimens and old drawings does not help!