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Geranium sp. 4 sensu Smith & Walsh Fl. of Vic. (1999)
Family Geraniaceae
Geranium sp. 4 sensu Smith & Walsh Fl. of Vic. (1999) APNI*

Description: Prostrate or scrambling perennial; stems to 2 m long, hispid, with short to long, recurved to spreading hairs, rarely glabrescent; taproot thickened.

Leaves reniform, 1–4 cm long, palmatifid into 3–5(-7) broad, 2- or 3-sected, sometimes toothed, primary lobes; ultimate lobes acute, or obtuse and minutely mucronate; upper surface with scattered curved hairs; stipules ovate to triangular, acuminate, often laciniate.

Flowers solitary or paired; peduncles. 0.5–2.7 cm long, pedicels 0.5–1.6 cm long. Sepals narrow-ovate, 3.5–4 mm long, pubescent with minute glandular and eglandular hairs and longer curved or spreading hairs; mucro 0.5–1 mm long, margin translucent, usually ciliate; petals obovate, 4.5–5.5 mm long, truncate to retuse, bright pink at apex grading to white.

Fruits 11–16 mm long; mericarps sparsely pubescent with short recurved divergent hairs; seed rugose with oblong and isodiametric alveolae.


Flowering: Flowers throughout the year but mainly October– April

Distribution and occurrence: In NSW, Victoria, South Australia, possibly Queensland and New Zealand.

A widespread species occurring predominantly within open forests and sheltered sites in high rainfall areas. Has a tendency to become weedy.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS
Other Australian states: Vic. Qld S.A.
AVH map***

This taxon is characterised by the coarse recurved hairs on stems, petioles and usually leaf surfaces, causing plants to be quite rough to touch, and in having a thickened tapering taproot which is never napiform as found in G. solanderi. Hairs on leaf surfaces may be somewhat tuberculate, a feature known to occur occasionally in G. homeanum.

Text by Louisa Murray
Taxon concept: Smith, L.P and Walsh, N. G. (1999) Flora of Victoria, vol. 4, p 227


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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