Pelargonium capitatum (L.) L'Hér. ex Aiton APNI*
Description: Shrubby perennial to 100 cm high, softly hairy; stems villous with non-glandular hairs; roots not tuberous.
Leaves alternate or opposite with lamina ovate to cordate, 2–8 cm long, 2–8 cm wide, deeply 3–7-lobed, lobes toothed, surfaces villous; petiole 2–6 cm long.
Umbels 7–12-flowered; peduncle 3–12 cm long; pedicels to 4 mm long. Calyx lobes 5–6 mm long, sepal spur 3–4 mm long. Petals c. 10 mm long, pink, posterior ones with deeper markings. Fertile stamens usually 7.
Fruit c. 7 mm long; mericarps c. 5 mm long, villous.
Flowering: throughout year, but chiefly spring.
Distribution and occurrence: Naturalized on cliffs and sand dunes from Newcastle south to the Durras area on the south coast. Native of S Afr.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *SC
Other Australian states: *Vic. *Tas. *W.A.
Text by G. J. Harden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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