Common name: Native Geranium
Geranium solanderi Carolin APNI*
Description: Ascending to decumbent perennial herb with stems to 50 cm long, coarsely hirsute; taproot swollen and often turnip-like.
Leaves opposite on flowering stems, palmatisect with lamina ± circular to reniform in outline, 1–3 cm long, 1.5–5 cm wide, 5–10-lobed; lobes obovate, each divided into 3–5 lobes or teeth towards apex, appressed-hairy; petiole to 5 cm long.
Flowers paired or rarely solitary; peduncle 1–4 cm long; pedicels 2.5–5 cm long, bent at base and swollen in fruit. Sepals 5–9 mm long. Petals 5–12 mm long, pink and often with yellowish veins. Anthers yellow.
Fruit 12–25 mm long; mericarps stiffly hairy; seeds black, with coarse, ± equal-sided pits.
Flowering: throughout year but chiefly August–December
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread in woodland and grassland.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS, NWP, SWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas. S.A. W.A.
Text by G. J. Harden
| ||Key to the varieties|| |
|1||Petals 5–8 mm long; sepals c. 5 mm long; fruit 12–15 mm long; taproot usually turnip-like||var. solanderi|
|Petals 10–12 mm long; sepals 6–9 mm long; fruit 18–25 mm long; taproot swollen and branched but not turnip-like. All parts larger than the type variety||var. grande|
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