Fernkloof Nature Reserve
Scientific name - Pelargonium grossularioides
Common name - Rooirabas, Gooseberry-leaved Pelargonium
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Habitat Generally found in damp and shady places
Flowering time Throughout the year
Description Low, spreading plant with long, reddish stems, individual stems may reach 50 cm. Leaves are aromatic, roundish in outline, with 3-5 lobes. Upper leaves are much smaller and more indented. Triangular stipules.
The flowers are small, in a 3-50 flowered umbel and are pink in colour, some petals with beetroot-red veins. White flowers are occasionally found.
This species shows great variability in number of flowers per inflorescence and indentation of leaves.
'grossularioides' refers to resemblance of the leaves to the leaves of the gooseberry
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