Geranium sessiliflorum Cav. APNI*
Description: Compact perennial herb to 15 cm high, villous with long hairs and short appressed ones; taproot thick, much-branched.
All leaves basal, crowded, palmatisect or palmatifid with lamina ± circular to reniform in outline, 1–2 cm long, 1.5–3 cm wide, 5–7-lobed, lobes oblong-ovate with 3 secondary lobes towards apex, sparsely or densely appressed-hairy; petiole 2–10 cm long.
Flowers solitary, borne on the short annual branches; peduncle and pedicel 0.5–3 cm long. Sepals 4–8 mm long. Petals 4–8 mm long, deep pink to white with translucent veins. Anthers yellow.
Fruit 11–13 mm long; mericarps with stiff spreading hairs; seeds black to dark brown, obscurely reticulate.
Flowering: chiefly summer.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in alpine herbfield, tussock grassland and alpine woodland at higher altitudes in the Kosciusko district.
NSW subdivisions: ST
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas.
Text by G. J. Harden
|N.S.W. occurrences are: subsp. brevicaule|
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