Dainty Pavonia Pavonia burchellii, Pavonia procumbens
Order: Malvales. Family: Malvaceae
Kruger National Park
Kruger National Park, around PretoriuskopDescription
Soft shrubby perennial, often with straggling stems, up to 1 m tall. Leaves, with toothed or scalloped margins, on long petioles. Leaves ovate-pentagonal in outline, up to 8 × 7 cm, angled to shallowly 3-5 lobed, stellate pubescent on both surfaces, usually more densely and paler below, deeply cordate at the base, basal lobes often overlapping; margin crenate-serrate. Flowering time: Oct - Mar. Flowers creamy-white to deep orange-yellow, rarely with a reddish centre. Epicalyx of 5(6) bracts, 7-11 mm long, ovate to oblong-lanceolate, 5-veined, stellate-pubescent, green at flowering time, turning brown and dry in fruit.Distribution
From Eritrea and Somalia through the drier parts of eastern tropical Africa to Angola, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa (Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Northern Cape, North West).Habitat
In a variety of drier wooded habitats, often on sandy or rocky soils, mostly growing in the shade of trees, bush clumps or boulders.