Geranium homeanum Turcz.

Rainforest Crane's-bill

Bull. Soc. Imp. Naturalistes Moscou 36: 591 (1863) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Prostrate to scrambling perennial; stems to c. 70 cm long, with sparse, coarse, recurved to retrorse hairs; taproot thickened and branched, sometimes rhizomic. Leaves reniform to pentagonal, 1–4.5 cm long, palmatisect to palmatifid with 5(–7), broad, trisected, sometimes toothed primary lobes; ultimate lobes truncate to obtuse with short mucro; upper surface glabrescent or with sparse curved hairs; stipules narrow-triangular, long-acuminate. Flowers solitary or paired; peduncles 1.7–2.8 cm long; pedicels 1.5–2.5 cm long; sepals elliptic to obovate, 3–3.5 mm long, obtuse, glabrescent or with tiny glandular and appressed eglandular hairs and occasional longer hairs, margin (of at least the inner pair) broad-hyaline, mucro 1–1.5 mm long; petals obovate, 3.5–5.5 mm long, obtuse, truncate or retuse, pink at apex, grading to white; anthers off-white with fine purple dehiscence lines. Fruits 12–14 mm long; mericarps sparsely pubescent with short c. recurved hairs, suture margins not ciliate; seed red-brown, slightly rugose with small shallow elongate alveolae. Flowers throughout the year, mostly Oct.–Mar.

Brid, CVU, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HFE, HNF, HSF, MonT, OtP, OtR, Strz, VAlp, VVP, WPro. Also SA, Qld, NSW, ACT, Tas. New Zealand. Common throughout high-rainfall areas and moist environments including rainforest margins, creek banks and wet gullies, mostly in eastern Victoria (but with isolated occurrences in the Grampians and near Portland), occurring rarely in dry sites.

Characterized by small flowers with elliptic to obovate sepals with broad hyaline margins, and taproot which is thickened and branched, not napiform. Lower stem indumentum may be deciduous with age. Hybridises with G. potentilloides var. potentilloides and G. neglectum.

Source: Smith, L.P. (1999). Geranium. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2020-01-14
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Geraniales
family Geraniaceae
genus Geranium
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Geranium homeanum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Geranium homeanum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater 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
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

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory