Pelargonium peltatum

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Pelargonium peltatum
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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Geraniales
Family: Geraniaceae
Genus: Pelargonium
Species: P. peltatum
Binomial name
Pelargonium peltatum
(L.) L'Hér. ex Aiton

Pelargonium peltatum is a species of pelargonium known by the common names ivy-leaf geranium and cascading geranium. It is native to southern Africa, particularly South Africa. It is commonly grown as an ornamental plant. This is a smaller shrub which can reach 2 m (6 ft 7 in) in height, and its branches can be low-lying, spreading, trailing, or climbing. The thin, somewhat succulent, or fleshy leaves are rounded, and the leaf stalks are attached at the middle of the ivy-shaped leaf blades. The flowers of the Pelargonium peltatum are arranged in a cluster on a stem, called an "inflorescence", and spread out from the stem like an umbrella, in an umbel fashion. There are 2 to 9 pink flowers in the inflorescence, with 5 dark-streaked or marked petals each up to 2 centimeters long. The smaller leaves of the plant are edible, tasting sour and astringent.[1]

Pelargonium peltatum is included in the Tasmanian Fire Service's list of low flammability plants, indicating that it is suitable for growing within a building protection zone.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Plantz Africa
  2. ^ Chladil and Sheridan, Mark and Jennifer. "Fire retardant garden plants for the urban fringe and rural areas" (PDF). www.fire.tas.gov.au. Tasmanian Fire Research Fund. 

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