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Family: Geraniaceae
Geranium retrorsum

Citation: L'Hér. ex DC., Prod. 1:644 (1824).

Synonymy: G. neesianum sensu Jessop, A list of vascular plants of S. Aust 35 (1983). , Geranium australe, Geranium pilosum, Geranium sp. Linear segments (K.Preiss 128), Geranium sp.:

Common name: Common cranes bill.

Ascending to decumbent herbs with swollen turnip-shaped tap roots; stems to 50 cm long, covered with short backward-directed appressed hairs, glabrescent below; leaves opposite, ovate to orbicular or reniform in outline, 1-2 cm long, to 3 cm wide, with appressed hairs on either surface, deeply 5-7-lobed or dissected, each lobe divided into 3 narrow lobes; petioles to 7 cm long.

Flowers paired or very rarely solitary; peduncles to 2 or rarely 8 cm long; pedicels to 4 cm long, densely clothed with soft retrorse-appressed eglandular hairs; sepals elliptic to oblong or ovate, to 5 mm long; petals pink, obovate, 5-10 mm long, 2-4 mm wide, almost entire or slightly emarginate; stamen filaments lanceolate-acuminate, 3-4 mm long, ciliate with long hairs.

Mericarps c. 2 mm long, covered with coarse divergent hairs and with some dark-grey funicular hairs; awns covered with stout antrorse eglandular hairs on the outer surface, to 12 mm long; seeds subglobular, black or very dark-brown with deep depressions, the depressions not elongated.

Published illustration: Cunningham et al. (1982) Plants of western New South Wales, p. 433.

Distribution:  S.Aust.: FR, EP, NL, MU, YP, SL, KI, SE.   all states except N.T.   New Zealand.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: June — Feb.

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