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Photo by Vered A. Mann.

Photo by Vered A. Mann.

A seedling with juvenile leaves start flowering by Vered A. Mann.

Photo by Vered A. Mann.

Author: Elizabeth M. Marais, 1999
Origin:  South Africa
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  3 Centimetres
Height:  20 Centimetres
Flower:  Cream-Coloured - Yellow / Crimson
Propagate:  Seeds
Names:  -
Synonyms:  By mistake: P. rubignosum

This member of the Geraniaceae family was given this name by Elizabeth M. Marais in 1999. It was found by Ernst van Jaarsveld in Jenkinsop, 17 km north of Eksteenfontein in the amassing Richtersveld. It grow in granite, coars sand, quartzite and can be grown in most, little organic, well drained soil with some water and lots of sun. The area it originates from receives less than 100 millimetres of rain a year, but when it is grown in a small pot, it should have significantly more - like any other plant. They are found growing in rock crevices at high elevations or on foothills in direct sun or light shade. The caudex can grow to three centimetres in diameter, the entire plant to 20 centimetres in height. The flowers are from cream-coloured to yellow with crimson markings in the centre.

The genera name from Greek; pelargos; 'stork' for the ripening fruits, which resembles the bills of storks. The species name means 'rusty'.

This is a winter-grower, but the flowers occurs in October-November in the wild - early summer.

The caudex by Vered A. Mann.