Pelargonium: Section Polyactium & Section Cortusina
By Wayne Handlos, Ph.D.
In previous issues of the newsletter we have shown the origin of the names of various species of Pelargonium.
So far we have covered the Sections Ciconium, Pelargonium and Reniformia. This month we will
cover the Section Polyactium and Section Cortusina. Several of the species included in these sections are
grown by our members and occasionally show up at the raffles and sales.
Pelargonium. anethifolium having leaves that looks like dill (Anethum graveolens)
this species as well as many butterflies
leaf of P. bowkeri
P. lobatum lobed describing the shape of the leaves
P. luridum dirty brown or smoky yellow referring to the flower color
P. multiradiatum having many rays, that is, many stalks in the inflorescence
P. pulverulentum referring to the powdery white color of the leaves
P. schizopetalum split or deeply divided petals
P. triste sad referring to the dull flower color
P. crassicaule thick stem
P. desertorum growing in the desert
P. sibthorpiifolium having leaves that look like those of Sibthorpia (European moneywort in the Scrophulariaceae