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