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Geranium potentilloides L'Hér. ex DC.
Family Geraniaceae
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.

Photo Tanja Lenz

Photo T.M. Tame

Other photo
Photo D. Hardin

Flowering: April–October

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.
AVH map***

Text by G. J. Harden
Taxon concept:

 Key to the varieties 
1Seeds 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 stalkvar. abditum

APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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