Geranium incanum Burm. f.
subsp. nyassense (R. Knuth) J.R. Laundon

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Geranium incanum subsp. nyassense

Photo: Bart Wursten
Plateau below Nhandore peak, Mt Gorongosa

Geranium incanum subsp. nyassense

Photo: Stefaan Dondeyne
Tsetsera plateau

Geranium incanum subsp. nyassense

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mt Gorongosa

Geranium incanum subsp. nyassense

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mt Gorongosa

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Synonyms: Geranium nyassense R. Knuth
Geranium ukingense Knuth
Common names:
Status: Native
Small creeping or scrambling perennial herb with prostrate or ascending branches. Leaves 3-7-lobed, divided nearly to the base with oblong-lanceolate segments, hairy on both surfaces. Inflorescences axillary, 2-flowered on long glandular-hairy peduncles; Petals white, pink or mauve with darker veins; stamens 10. Fruit smooth, hairy with a beak, 13-27 mm long. Older leaves often turn a striking orange-red.
Derivation of specific name: incanum: hoary, white
Habitat: In montane grassland
Altitude range: 1700 - 2400 m
Flowering time:All year
Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe
Mozambique distribution: MS
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Insects associated with this species: Cacyreus palemon palemon (Food plant)
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Content last updated: Friday 3 June 2022

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 62 - 63. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 178. as Geranium nyassense

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 53.

Mueller, T. (1963). Geraniaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(1) Page 132. (Includes a picture).

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 92.

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Flora of Malawi: Geranium incanum subsp. nyassense
Flora of Zambia: Geranium incanum subsp. nyassense
Flora of Zimbabwe: Geranium incanum subsp. nyassense

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Geranium incanum
African Plant Database: Geranium incanum
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Geranium incanum
JSTOR Plant Science: Geranium incanum
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Geranium incanum
Plants of the World Online: Geranium incanum
Tropicos: Geranium incanum
Wikipedia: Geranium incanum

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Geranium incanum subsp. nyassense., retrieved 8 December 2023

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