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Family: Geraniaceae
Geranium molle

Citation: L., Sp. Pl. 682 (1753) var. molle.

Synonymy: Geranium molle

Common name: Doves foot, cranes bill. (Ilk Ross-Craig (1952) Drawings Brit. Pl. 6:t. 34.)

Decumbent or usually ascending softly hairy annual or biennial herb with a thin much-branched tap root, to 50 cm tall; leaves orbicular to reniform in outline, 2-0.5 cm long and up to 4 cm wide, 5-9-lobed to about the middle with broad lobes, each lobe divided into 3-5 obtuse teeth towards the top; petioles up to 7 cm long.

Flowers paired; peduncles to 2 cm long; pedicels to 12 mm long, densely covered with spreading soft eglandular and glandular hairs; sepals narrow-oblong to elliptic, c. 4 mm long and c. 2 mm wide, with a short blunt mucro; petals mauvish-pink, obovate, as long as or slightly longer than the sepals, ciliate towards the base, emarginate; stamen filaments lanceolate, to 3 mm long, with a few long hairs on the margin; anthers more or less globular, mauve.

Seeds not released from the mericarp.

image of FSA2_Geranium_mol.jpg Geranium molle twig, petal, fruit and seed.
Image source: fig 389b in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).

Distribution:  S.Aust.: EP, NL, MU, YP, SL, KI, SE.   W.Aust.; Qld; N.S.W.; Vic.   A native of Europe but introduced into temperate areas throughout the world.

Conservation status: naturalised

Flowering time: Sept. — Jan.

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