Pieter van Wyk, curator of the Ai-|Ais/ Richtersveld Transfrontier Park desert botanical garden nursery, has uncovered a new pelargonium species in the Richtersveld.
Pelargoniums, commonly known as geraniums, are a genus of flowering plants, and this new species boasts giant flowers, described as the largest in the genus found in the Richtersveld region as reported by The Citizen.
The plant grows in deep red dune sand, approximately 30 km south of Alexander Bay. Van Wyk has collected cuttings for ex-situ conservation to cultivate at the nursery.
Pelargoniums are known for their drought and heat tolerance, primarily found in warm temperate and tropical regions, with many species in southern Africa.
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