During the time of plant exploration Anthony Pantaleon Hove (originally Anton Hoveau) travelled to various countries around the world including India, Crimea, Persia, Africa and possibly Australia to collect seeds and plants to transport to Kew gardens.
Anthony was a Polish gardener, botanist and plant collector from Warsaw who worked at Kew, The Hovea plant (purple pea) a shrub from Australia was named in his honour.
During his travels to India in the late 1700, he spent some of his time in the South Western Coast of Africa near to Angra bay where he collected seventeen pelargonium species, but unfortunately only three survived, these include:
P. crassicaule- a succulent pelargonium with white flowers and reddish markings on the upper petals with a slight sweet fragrance, it has thick brown stems & silky wavy leaves.
P. cortusifolium-a succulent pelargonium with white upper petals & purple pink lower petals, it has thick stems and silky narrow heart shaped leaves.
P. ceratophyllum- another succulent pelargonium with white flowers and dark pink markings and red stamens, the leaves are long triangular with a succulent appearance.
They are listed in the Hortus Kewensis catalogue of plants cultivated in the royal botanic gardens at Kew as follows:
-Horn leaved Cranes bill of South West coast of Africa introduced to Kew in 1786 by Anthony Hove
-Cortusa leaved cranes bill of South West coast of Africa introduced in 1786 by Anthony Hove
-Thick Stalk’d cranes bill from the coast of South West of Africa introduced in 1786 by Anthony Hove