C.L. L'Héritier de Brutelle, 1789
Pelargonium, Knotted Pelargonium, Arthritic Pelargonium
Geranium gibbosum, L. 1753.
Geraniospermum gibbosum, Kuntze.
Polyactium gibbosum, Eckl. & Zeyh.
This member of the
Geraniaceae family was
given this name
as a Pelargonium by Charles Louis L'Héritier de Brutelle
in 1789. It is found on the south-west coast of South Africa,
growing in a well drained soil with some water and lots of sun. The
stems can grow to four centimetres in diameter, and reach 80
centimetres in height. The flowers are yellow.
The genera name from Greek;
pelargos; 'stork' for the ripening fruits, which resembles the
bills of storks. The species name means 'swollen on one side'.