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Geranium purpureum Vill.
Family Geraniaceae
Geranium purpureum Vill. APNI*

Description: Ascending to decumbent annual or biennial herb to 40 cm high, softly hairy; stems hairy with coarse minute glandular hairs and a line of small crisped ones; taproot thin.

Leaves mostly opposite, palmatisect to ternately compound with lamina ovate to broad-ovate in outline, 2–5 cm long, 3–7 cm wide, 3–9-lobed, lobes ± pinnatisect and toothed, with scattered hairs; petiole to 10 cm long.

Flowers paired; peduncle to 6 cm long; pedicels to 10 mm long. Sepals 6–7 mm long. Petals 6–9 mm long, bright pink. Anthers yellow.

Fruit 12–22 mm long; mericarps mostly glabrous except for tuft of long white hairs near apex, wrinkled; seeds pale brown, smooth.

Flowering: September–January

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in disturbed sites, restricted to the Wellington district. Native of Eur.
NSW subdivisions: *CWS
AVH map***

Text by G. J. Harden
Taxon concept:

One subspecies in NSW : Geranium purpureum subsp. purpureum

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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