Common name: Common Cranesbill
Geranium retrorsum L'Hér. ex DC. APNI*
Description: Ascending to decumbent perennial herb with stems to 50 cm long, softly hairy with short retrorsely appressed hairs; taproot turnip-shaped.
Leaves opposite on flowering stems, palmatisect with lamina ovate to ± circular to reniform in outline, 1–2 cm long, 1.5–3 cm wide, usually 5–7-lobed; lobes divided into 3 narrow secondary lobes, appressed-hairy; petiole 2–7 cm long.
Flowers usually paired; peduncle 0.6–2, or rarely 6 cm long; pedicels 2–4 cm long. Sepals 4–6 mm long. Petals 5–10 mm long, pink with yellowish veins. Anthers yellow.
Fruit 10–17 mm long; mericarps coarsely hairy; seeds black to dark brown, with deep, ± equal-sided pits.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread, chiefly in woodland and grassland.
NSW subdivisions: NC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS, NWP, SWP
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas. W.A. S.A.
Text by G. J. Harden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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