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Family: Geraniaceae
Geranium potentilloides

Citation: L'Hér. ex DC., Prod. 1:639 (1824) var. potentilloides.

Synonymy: G. philonothum DC., Prod. 1:639 (1824); G. microphyllum Hook. f., Fl. Antarct. 1:8 (1844); G. dissectum L. var. australe Benth., Fl. Aust. 1:296 (1863) 'race' potentilloides Benth.; G. pilosum Willd. var. potentilloides (L'Hér. ex DC.)Ewart, Fl. Vict. 682 (1931).

Common name: None

Decumbent perennial herbs with a thickened tap root; stems to 50 cm long, pubescent with soft retrorse hairs often closely appressed, sometimes glabrescent and often rooting at the nodes; leaves opposite, semi-orbicular to broad-ovate in outline, to 3 cm long and c. 5 cm wide, often paler and purplish on the underside, pubescent, deeply 5-7-lobed each lobe narrow-obovate and toothed.

Flowers solitary; pedicels to 5 cm long, pubescent with short retrorse-appressed hairs, with 2 bracteoles at the mid-point or lower; sepals lanceolate to narrow-elliptic, to 6 mm long and c. 2.5 mm wide; petals obovate, to 6 mm long, pink, with transluscent veins, ciliate on the margin.

Mericarps oblong, c. 3.5 mm long, brown, covered with stiff spreading hairs and with some funicular hairs; awns eglandular-hairy outside, to 9 mm long; seeds dark-brown, oblong, c. 2 mm long, covered with shallow elongated small alveolae.

image of FSA2_Geranium_pot.jpg Geranium potentilloides leaf.
Image source: fig 389c in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).

Distribution:    N.S.W.; Tas.   New Zealand.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: April — Oct.

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