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This must be P. a. ssp. inerme.

P. a. zonale by Matija Strlic,

P. a. zonaleby Matija Strlic,

P. a. ssp. antidysentericum by Matija Strlic,

Author:  Vincenz Franz Kosteletzky, 1896
Origin:  South Africa, Namibia
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  14 Centimetres
Height:  1,5 Meters
Flower:  Purple
Propagate:  Seeds/Cuttings
Names:  -
Synonyms:  Geraniospermum antidysentericum, Kuntze.
Jenkinsonia antidysenterica
Echlon & Zeyhher, 1835.
Pelargonium antidysentericum
subsp. inerme, Scheltema.
Pelargonium antidysentericum subsp. zonale, Scheltema.
By mistake?: Pelargonium antidysenterica

This member of the Geraniaceae family was given this name by Vincenz Franz Kosteletzky in 1896. It is found in South Africa and Namibia, growing in well-drained soil with some water and lots of sun. The caudex can grow to fourteen centimetres in diameter and the plant grow up to one and a half meters in height. The flowers are purple, and the plant can be reproduced both by seeds and cuttings.

The genera name from Greek; pelargos; 'stork' for the ripening fruits, which resembles the bills of storks. The species name means 'anti-dysentery', referring to its medicinal properties for treating this intestinal infection.

There are three distinct forms; Pelargonium antidysentericum ssp. antidysentericum, Pelargonium antidysentericum ssp. zonale, with have round leaves. P. a. ssp. inerme have less serrated leaves.

This might be a winter-grower.

P. a. ssp. antidysentericum by Matija Strlic,

P. a. zonale flower by Matija Strlic,