Geranium potentilloides L'Hér. ex DC. APNI*
Description: Perennial herb to 50 cm high; stems pubescent with soft retrorse hairs often closely appressed, sometimes glabrescent and often rooting at the nodes; taproot thickened.
Basal leaves not persistent in summer, larger than stem leaves; stem leaves opposite, palmatisect with lamina ± circular to broad-ovate in outline, 1.5–3.5 cm long and to 5 cm wide, 5–7-lobed; lobes narrow-obovate and toothed, pubescent, lower surface often paler and purplish; petiole 1.5–3.5 cm long.
Flowers usually solitary; peduncle and pedicel together 2–4 cm long. Sepals c. 6 mm long. Petals 5–6 mm long, pink with translucent veins. Anthers yellow.
Fruit 12–14 mm long; mericarps stiffly hairy; seeds brown or black, with small or large pits.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread in woodland and grassland; south from Glen Innes district.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, CWS
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas. S.A.
Text by G. J. Harden
| ||Key to the varieties|| |
|1||Seeds brown with small pits; bracteoles about halfway along flower stalk (peduncle plus pedicel).||var. potentilloides|
|Seeds black with large pits; bracteoles usually towards base of flower stalk||var. abditum|
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