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This text currently parallels The Jepson Manual: Vascular Plants of California, Second Edition that is now available at the University of California Press.
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Annual, generally perennial herb, shrub, aromatic or strong-smelling.
Stem: generally erect.
Leaf: alternate to ± opposite above; blade lobed to dissected, lobes generally crenate or serrate.
Inflorescence: umbel, dense to open; flowers 3–many.
Flower: ± bilateral [( radial)], nectary 1, deeply embedded into receptacle to form spur fused with pedicel; petals ± equal to strongly unequal, generally striped or marked, upper 2 generally > lower 3, different in shape, position, generally with marks of different and/or more intense color; fertile stamens 1–7, united at base.
Fruit: body dehiscent, generally oblong, base acute, 1-seeded; beak segments stiff-hairy adaxially.
± 300 species: s Africa, St. Helena, Asia Minor, Madagascar, Australia. (Greek: stork, from beaked fruit) [Bakker et al. 2005 in Bakker et al. (eds.) Plant Species-Level Syst:75–100. A.R.G. Gantner] Pelargonium ×domesticum, cultivated but evidently not escaped in CA; Pelargonium quercifolium (L.) L'Hér., urban weed.
Unabridged references: [Bakker, F. T., Culham, A., Hettiarachi, P., Touloumenidou, T., & Gibby, M. 2004. Phylogeny of Pelargonium (Geraniaceae) based on DNA sequences from three genomes. Taxon 53: 17–28; Bakker, F. T., Culham, A., Marais, E. M., & Gibby, M. 2005. Nested radiation in Cape Pelargonium. Pp. 75–100, in Bakker, F. T., Chatrou, L. W., Gravendeel, B., & Pelser, P. B. (eds), Plant Species-Level Systematics: New Perspectives on Pattern and Process. A.R.G. Gantner, Ruggel, Liechtenstein. [Regnum Vegetabile vol. 143.]; Van der Walt 1985 Bothalia 15:345–385, 1977 Pelargoniums of s Africa vol. 1; Van der Walt & Vorster 1981 Pelargoniums of s Africa vol. 2; Van der Walt & Vorster 1988 Pelargoniums of s Africa vol. 3]
1. Lf peltate, glabrous ..... [P. peltatum]
1' Lf not peltate, glabrous or not
2. Lf blade ± as long as wide
3. Lf membranous, hairs 0 or sparse; petals pink-purple ..... [P. zonale]
3' Lf ± succulent, hairs dense; petals red to white
4. Lf blade 15–20 cm wide; petals red to white ..... P. ×hortorum
4' Lf blade generally 4–8 cm wide; petals red ..... P. inquinans
2' Lf blade longer than wide or wider than long
5. Fl < 10 mm wide; stem slender, < 3 mm diam ..... P. grossularioides
5' Fl 15–40 mm wide; stem stout, > 3 mm diam
6. Infl ± lax; flower 30–40 mm wide; leaf blade abaxially hairier, of different color than adaxially ..... P. panduriforme
6' Infl dense; flower 15–18 mm wide; leaf blade abaxially, adaxially equally hairy, of same color
7. Plant prostrate to sprawling; margins of lower leaves irregularly curled; inflorescence 8–20-flowered ..... [P. capitatum]
7' Plant erect; margins of lower leaves not curled; inflorescence 3–12-flowered ..... [P. vitifolium]
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