Fernkloof Nature Reserve
Scientific name - Pelargonium triste
Common name - Kaneelblom, Night-scented Pelargonium
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Habitat Sandy flats and slopes
Flowering time August to February
Description A geophyte with a large subterranean tuber with a cracked woody bark. A subterranean network often gives rise to a poulation of separate plants. The leaves are carrot-like and hairy and mostly low on the ground, the leaves on the flowering stems usually much smaller. Large cordate stipules are present. Umbels of up to 20 flowers are borne on long, sturdy hairy stalks. The flowers are a dull coloured yellowish-green to dark maroon with a lighter margin. The flowers are strongly scented at night, and the 25-35 mm long flower tube suggests that the plant is pollinated by a long-tongued moth.
John Tradescant took this pelargonium to England in 1632.
'triste' refers to the dull colour of the flowers
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