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Pelargonium capitatum

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Family: GeraniaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Annual, perennial herb, or +- woody, generally glandular-hairy. Leaf: simple to compound, basal and cauline; cauline alternate or opposite, stipules 2, +- on stem. Inflorescence: cyme or pseudo-umbel or 1--2-flowered. Flower: bisexual [unisexual], radial or +- bilateral; sepals 5, free, overlapping in bud; petals generally 5, free, generally with nectar glands at base; stamens generally 5,10[15]; staminodes scale-like or 0; ovary generally 5-lobed, upper part elongating into beak in fruit, chambers 5, placentas axile, style 1, stigmas 5, free, persistent in fruit. Fruit: septicidal [loculicidal], mericarps 5, dry, generally 1-seeded, each persistent on 1 of 5 linear segments of beak that separate from central column by curving or coiling upward.
Genera In Family: 6 genera, +- 750 species: temperate, +- tropics. Some cultivated for ornamental, perfume oils.
eFlora Treatment Author: Carlos Aedo, except as noted
Scientific Editor: Thomas J. Rosatti.
Genus: PelargoniumView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Subshrub, soft-woody. Stem: branched, 3--6 dm; hairs 0 or +- sparse. Leaf: blade 15--20 cm wide, round, generally with a color band or variegated, +- succulent, deeply notched at base, crenate; hairs dense. Inflorescence: dense to open; flowers 20--40. Flower: petals 1--2.5 cm, +- equal, red to white.
Note: Hybrid between Pelargonium inquinans, Pelargonium zonale; after a few generations from seed, similarities to Pelargonium inquinans increase.

Pelargonium capitatum (L.) L'Hér.
Habit: Shrub, prostrate to sprawling [decumbent], hairs dense, soft. Stem: <= 1 m, > 3 mm diam; branches soft-woody. Leaf: blade wider than long, cordate, not sticky, 3--5-lobed, lobes coarsely, irregularly toothed; margins of lower irregularly curled. Inflorescence: dense; flowers 8--20. Flower: 16--20 mm wide; sepals 7--10 mm; petals 10--20 mm, +- rose- to purple-pink.
Ecology: Disturbed or sandy sites; Elevation: < 300 m. Bioregional Distribution: CCo (Dillon Beach, Marin Co.); Distribution Outside California: native to southern Africa. Flowering Time: Nov, probably other times in California, +- Sep--Jan in southern Africa
eFlora Treatment Author: Carlos Aedo
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Citation for this treatment: Carlos Aedo Pelargonium capitatum, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on November 19, 2017.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2017, Jepson eFlora,, accessed on November 19, 2017.

Geographic subdivisions for Pelargonium capitatum:
CCo (Dillon Beach, Marin Co.);
Markers link to CCH specimen records. Yellow markers indicate records that may provide evidence for eFlora range revision or may have georeferencing or identification issues. Purple markers indicate specimens collected from a garden, greenhouse, or other non-wild location.
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(Note: any qualifiers in the taxon distribution description, such as 'northern', 'southern', 'adjacent' etc., are not reflected in the map above, and in some cases indication of a taxon in a subdivision is based on a single collection or author-verified occurence).

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