Scientific Name
Pelargonium citronellum J.J.A.van der Walt
Higher Classification
National Status
Status and Criteria
Assessment Date
D. Raimondo & N.A. Helme
A habitat specialist that occurs as scattered subpopulations. It is not threatened. It is therefore listed under the IUCN 3.1 Criteria, globally, as Least Concern but is nationally categorised as Rare.
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
Western Cape
This species occurs in the Langeberg Mountains and Klein Swartberg between Ladismith and Herbertsdale.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Major habitats
Swartberg Altimontane Sandstone Fynbos, South Swartberg Sandstone Fynbos, North Swartberg Sandstone Fynbos, North Rooiberg Sandstone Fynbos, North Outeniqua Sandstone Fynbos, South Langeberg Sandstone Fynbos, North Langeberg Sandstone Fynbos, Oudshoorn Karroid Thicket
Plants grow in stream sides on lower north-facing slopes.
It has a slight potential threat from invasive pines on the North side of the Langeberg.

This species is common on the northern foothills of the Langeberg between Muiskraal and Herbertsdale (Van der Walt 1985).

Population trend
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Pelargonium citronellum J.J.A.van der WaltRare Raimondo et al. (2009)

Goldblatt, P. and Manning, J.C. 2000. Cape Plants: A conspectus of the Cape Flora of South Africa. Strelitzia 9. National Botanical Institute, Cape Town.

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.

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.

Van der Walt, J.J.A. 1985. A taxonomic revision of the type section of Pelargonium L'Herit. (Geraniaceae). Bothalia 15(3&4):345-385.

Van der Walt, J.J.A. and Vorster, P.J. 1988. Pelargoniums of southern Africa Volume III. Annals of Kirstenbosch Botanic Garden 16:1-149. National Botanic Gardens, Kirstenbosch.

Vlok, J. and Schutte-Vlok, A.L. 2010. Plants of the Klein Karoo. Umdaus Press, Hatfield.

Raimondo, D. & Helme, N.A. 2007. Pelargonium citronellum J.J.A.van der Walt. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version . Accessed on 2024/07/22

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