C.L. L'Héritier de Brutelle, 1787
Namibia, North-Western South Africa
||Grit - Mix
||White / Dark
Pelargonium hospitans, Dinter, 1919.
Geraniospermum ceratophyllum, Kuntze.
Geraniospermum dasycaulon, Kuntze.
Geranium ceratophyllum, Poir.
Otidia ceratophylla, Hoffmanns.
This member of the Geraniaceae
family was described by Charles Louis L'Héritier de Brutelle in
1787. It is found in the western part of southern Namibia and
north-western South Africa, growing in grit or other well drained soil
with little water and lots of sun. The stems can grow to three
centimetres, the whole plant will only grow to from 20 to 40
centimetres. The flowers, which occurs in the summer, are white and
dark pink. The leaves will follows in the autumn.
The genera name from Greek;
pelargos; 'stork' for the ripening fruits, which resembles the
bills of storks. The species name from Greek keras; 'horn'
and phyllum; 'leaves', referring to the horn-like leaves.
This is a
winter-grower - I visited in summer...