Sp. Pl. 689 (1753) APNI
Biennial or perennial, stems erect or decumbent, to 1.5 m long. Leaves c. reniform to orbicular, cordate at base, c. 3–8 cm long and wide, usually shallowly 5-lobed, margins crenate or irregularly toothed, surfaces glabrous, or usually with scattered simple (rarely stellate) hairs mainly along nerves. Epicalyx-lobes elliptic, 3–6 mm long, attached in lower third of calyx; calyx shortly exceeding epicalyx, obtusely lobed to c. midway, enlarged slightly and the lobes incurved in fruit; petals 12–30 mm long, pink to purple with darker veins. Fruit c. 8 mm diam., mericarps c. 10–15, strongly reticulate, adjacent margins ± smooth, glabrous to sparsely hispid. Flowers Nov.–Feb.
*CVU, *GipP, *HNF, *HSF, *NIS, *Strz, *VVP. Also naturalised Qld, NSW, Tas. Native to Europe, North Africa, south-west Asia. A weed of gardens and crops, but rare or overlooked (collected from Yackandandah, Heidelberg, Warragul districts).
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||naturalised|
|Central Victorian Uplands||present||naturalised|
|Northern Inland Slopes||present||introduced|
|New South Wales|
|Australian Capital Territory|