Pelargonium rodneyanum Lindl.

Magenta Stork's-bill

in T.Mitch., Three Exped. Interior East. Australia 2: 143 (1838) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Tufted, erect perennial to c. 40 cm high; stems, peduncles and pedicels with short glandular hairs and scattered longer eglandular hairs; roots tuberous. Leaves all or mostly basal; cauline leaves, if present, opposite or branch-opposed, lamina ovate-cordate or ovate, 2–5.5 cm long, 1.5–5 cm wide, entire to shallowly 5–7-lobed, sparsely pubescent to glabrescent, usually pilose along veins beneath, margin crenate; petioles c. 3–7(–12) cm long. Umbels 2–7-flowered; peduncles 5–12(–25) cm long, often arising from base of plant; pedicels 10–30 mm long; sepals narrowly ovate, 5–8 mm long, acute, shortly pubescent, often with scattered longer and/or coarser hairs; sepal spur (3–)5–9 mm long; petals obovate to oblong, 12–17(–20) mm long, deep rosy-magenta, sometimes veined or blotched darker; fertile stamens 7 or 8. Fruits 16–25 mm long; meri-carps pilose. Flowers Nov.–May.

CVU, DunT, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, LoM, MuM, NIS, OtP, OtR, VAlp, VVP, Wim. Also SA, NSW. Rather common west of Melbourne, usually growing on fertile clays or loams in grassland or woodland communities, but also on rocky outcrops, scattered and rather uncommon in the east.

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: Daniel Ohlsen, 2017-06-07
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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 rodneyanum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Pelargonium rodneyanum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Victorian Alps present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory