Pelargonium anomalum Sweet anomalus,-a,-um; from Gr. anomalos, (from an -, privative; homalos, smooth) rough, uneven, by extension deviating from the the regular rule, i.e. irregular or unequal: unlike its allies, anomalous
Pelargonium belladonna Sweet belladonna; from Ital. bella donna, beautiful lady: In allusion to the beauty of the plant (Amaryllis bella-donna L.) or to its use in eye-drops to dilate the pupils of the eyes and hence increase their beauty (Atropa bella-donna L.)
Pelargonium chelidonium DC. Chelidonium; : Ancient Greek plantname which is derived fom chelidon, swallow. The tradition is that the herb flowers when the swallows arrive. Cf Gerald (Historie of Plants Lib. 2, p. 435) "It is called Celandine not because it first springeth at the comming in of Swallowes, or dieth when they go away (for as we have said, it may be found all the yere) but because some hold opinion, that with this herb the dams (dam = mother, usually of a beast) restore side to their yong ones when they cannot see. Which things are vain and false; for Cornelius Celsus, lib. 6. witnesseth, That when the sight of the eies of divers yong birds is put forth by some outward means, it will after a time be restored by it selfe, an soonest of all the sight of the Swallow: whereupon (as the same Author saith) the tale grew, how thorow an herb the dams restore that thing which healeth of it selfe. The very same does Aristotle alledge, lib. 6. de Animal. The eies of Swallows (saith he) that are not fledge, if a man do pricke them out, do afterwards grow againe and perfectly recover their sight."
Pelargonium eriophorum Sweet Eriophorum; : from Gr. erion, wool; phoros, bearing, carrying; in allusion to the perianth of the female flowers being composed of many bristles which grow out into long hairs after fertilisation and give the infrutescence a woolly appearance. Female flowers each with P of bristels which grow into long hairs after fert. & act to disperse fruit.
Pelargonium polytrichum Sweet Polytrichum; : from Gr. poly-, many; thrix (trichos), hair. Probably the name alludes to the densely long-haired [huikje]. It could also allude to the numerous hair-shaped leaves.
Pelargonium proliferum Steudel proliferus,-a,-um; from L. proles, offspring, descendants, posterity; ferre, to carry: carrying offspring, producing bunched growth or offsets or young plantlets, proliferous
Pelargonium pudicum Tratt. pudicus,-a,-um; from L. pudicus (from pudere, to be ashamed), ashamed, modest, prudish: hence drawing back when touched (like Mimosa pudica L. by folding together all its leaflets)
Pelargonium pulverulentum Colv. ex Sweet pulverulentus,-a,-um; from pulverulentus (from pulvis (pulveris), powder), covered with powder: covered with powder, covered with hairs or glands resembling powder
Pelargonium retusum F.Dietr. retusus,-a,-um; from L. retundere (from re-, back; tundere, to beat, to strike repeatedly), to hammer back, to strike back repeatedly: blunt, with a rounded shallowly notched end, retuse
Pelargonium rhodiola Tratt. Rhodiola; : from L. rhodiolus, [dim. of Gr. rhodios (from rhodon, rose), rose-like, smelling of roses], slight rose-red, slightly smelling of roses: in allusion to the rose-scented rhizome [Sedum roseum Scop.] R: JFSUTB III, 12(1978)182
Pelargonium hort. cv. Reine des Francais
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