Pelargonium australe Willd.

Austral Stork's-bill

Sp. Pl., edn 5, 3: 675 (1800) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Ascending to decumbent perennial to 50(–80) cm high; stems, peduncles and pedicels hirsute to villous with eglandular hairs and sometimes some sessile or shortly stalked glands; taproot often fleshy. Leaves opposite, lamina ovate to orbicular, to 9(–18) cm long and wide, usually cordate at base, entire or shallowly 5–7-lobed, pilose to softly hirsute or villous, rarely glabrescent, margins crenate, often undulate; petiole to 8(–13) cm long. Umbels 6–12-flowered; peduncles to 10 cm long; pedicels 3–15 mm long; sepals ovate, 3–7 mm long, acute, sparsely to densely villous (sometimes with some shortly stalked or sessile glands); sepal spur 1–4(–8) mm long; petals 6–10 mm long, pink, the upper pair usually veined or blotched darker; fertile stamens 7 or 8. Fruit 8–15 mm long; mericarps pilose to villous. Flowers Oct.–Mar.

Brid, CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HFE, HNF, HSF, LoM, MonT, MuM, NIS, OtP, OtR, SnM, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. All states except NT. Widespread and locally common through much of the State, particularly on rocky hills and sandy coastlines and lake margins.

A variable species possibly including a number of distinct entities. Plants occurring on and near the coast east of Wilsons Promontory are noteworthy in having very densely villous vegetative parts, leaves up to c. 18 cm diam, and are often particularly floriferous.

Source: Smith, L.P.; Walsh, N.G. (1999). Pelargonium. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-12-20
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Geraniales
family Geraniaceae
genus Pelargonium
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Pelargonium australe in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Pelargonium australe in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Highlands-Far East present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory