Scientific Name
Pelargonium pilosellifolium (Eckl. & Zeyh.) Steud.
Higher Classification
National Status
Status and Criteria
Least Concern
Assessment Date
L. von Staden
A widespread species that is threatened across most of its range, but not yet in danger of extinction.
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
Western Cape
Riviersonderend Mountains, Keeromsberg and Potberg eastwards along the mountains of the southern Cape to the western footslopes of the Kouga Mountains near Uniondale.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Major habitats
Western Altimontane Sandstone Fynbos, North Sonderend Sandstone Fynbos, South Sonderend Sandstone Fynbos, North Langeberg Sandstone Fynbos, South Langeberg Sandstone Fynbos, Potberg Sandstone Fynbos, North Outeniqua Sandstone Fynbos, South Outeniqua Sandstone Fynbos, Swellendam Silcrete Fynbos, Kouga Sandstone Fynbos, Breede Shale Renosterveld, South Hex Sandstone Fynbos, Western Ruens Shale Renosterveld, Central Ruens Shale Renosterveld, Eastern Ruens Shale Renosterveld, Mossel Bay Shale Renosterveld, Langkloof Shale Renosterveld, Matjiesfontein Shale Renosterveld, Montagu Shale Renosterveld, South Rooiberg Sandstone Fynbos
Lower slopes at sandstone-shale ecotones.
This species has lost some of its habitat to crop cultivation in the Overberg and Langkloof. Around George, Suurbraak and Greyton it has lost habitat to timber plantations in the past, and are now threatened by spreading, unmanaged infestations of escaped pine seedlings that are outcompeting native species.
Population trend
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Pelargonium pilosellifolium (Eckl. & Zeyh.) Steud.Least Concern Raimondo et al. (2009)

Manning, J.C. and Goldblatt, P. 2012. Plants of the Greater Cape Floristic Region 1: The Core Cape Flora. Strelitzia 29. South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria.

Marais, E.M. 1994. Taxonomic studies in Pelargonium, section Hoarea (Geraniaceae). Unpublished Ph.D. Thesis, University of Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch.

Raimondo, D., von Staden, L., Foden, W., Victor, J.E., Helme, N.A., Turner, R.C., Kamundi, D.A. and Manyama, P.A. 2009. Red List of South African Plants. Strelitzia 25. South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria.

Snijman, D.A. 2013. Plants of the Greater Cape Floristic Region 2: The extra Cape flora. Strelitzia 30. South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria.

von Staden, L. 2018. Pelargonium pilosellifolium (Eckl. & Zeyh.) Steud. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2020.1. Accessed on 2022/01/27

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