Carolin, Proc. Linn. Soc. N.S.W. 89:350 (1964) var. solanderi.
Synonymy: G. pilosum Willd., Sp. PI. 3:706 (1800); G. dissectum L. var. australe Benth., Fl. Aust. 1:296 (1863) 'race' pilosum Benth.
, Geranium gardneri, Geranium solanderi, Geranium sp. 2, Geranium sp. 4, Geranium sp. Linear segments (K.Preiss 128), Geranium sp. Pale pink flowers (M.Gray 5847)
Common name: Native geranium, austral (or Aastralian) cranes bill.
Decumbent to ascending herbs with a swollen turnip-shaped tap root; stems to 60 cm long, covered with coarse backward-directed appressed or patent hairs; leaves opposite, hemi-orbicular to reniform in outline, to 3 cm long and c. 5 cm wide, with appressed hairs on both surfaces, 5-7-lobed each lobe deeply 5-7-toothed; petioles to 6 cm long.
Flowers usually paired; peduncles to 4 cm long; pedicels to 5 cm long, covered with retrorse (but not appressed) or patent hairs; sepals elliptic to ovate, to 9 mm long and c. 5 mm wide, often becoming concave outwards in fruiting condition; petals pink, obovate, longer than the sepals; stamen filament lanceolate-acuminate, to 10 mm long, ciliate.
Mericarps oblong to ovoid, to 4 mm long, covered with stiff eglandular hairs and some funicular hairs; awns covered with stiff hairs; seeds black, subglobular, 2-8 mm long, with coarse alveolae, the alveolae not elongated.
Cunningham et al. (1982) Plants of western New South Wales, p. 433; Cochrane et al. (1968) Flowers and plants of Victoria, fig. 59.
S.Aust.: GT, FR, EA, EP, NL, MU, YP, SL, KI, SE. All States except N.T. New Zealand.
Flowering time: probably throughout the year but mainly Aug. — Dec.
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