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Family: GERANIACEAE 

 Pelargonium spinosum
 


A young plant by Vered A. Mann.

  
Author:  Carl Ludwig  von Willdenow 1800
Family:  Geraniaceae
Habitat:  North West South Africa, South West Namibia
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Little-Medium
Sun:  Medium-Maximum
Thickness:  5 Centimetres
Height:  50-130 Centimetres
Flower:  White / Red
Reproduction:  Seeds
Pop names:  -
Synonyms:  Geranium pungens, Poir. 1812.

   This member of the Geraniaceae family was given this name by Carl Ludwig  von Willdenow in 1800. It is found in on both sides of the South African - Namibian border, growing in a real well drained soil with not that much water and some to lots of sun. The stem can grow to five centimetres in diameter, the entire plant from 50 to 130 or even 200 centimetres in height. The flowers are white with red markings.

The species name refers to the leaf petioles which harden and become spiny. It might help the plant harvesting the morning drew, supplementing the 200 millimetres of annual rain.

This is a winter grower, flowering late in the growing season.

  
The flowers by
S. Rügheimer.                                                          Large plant from Sophy.