Geranium dissectum L.

Cut-leaf Crane's-bill

Cent. Pl. 1: 21 (1755) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Decumbent to erect annual to 40 cm high; stems with retrorse to patent eglandular hairs and patent glandular hairs (at least on pedicels); taproot slender. Leaves often alternate, c. orbicular to reniform, 2–4(–6) cm long, deeply palmatisect with 5–7 deeply trilobed primary lobes, ultimate lobes broad and obtuse in young plants, linear and acute in mature plants; upper surface with stiff, inclined hairs predominantly along veins and margin; stipules c. triangular, deeply bisected or trisected. Flowers paired; peduncle 1–2 cm long; pedicels 0.8–1.5 cm long; sepals ovate to lanceolate, 5–8 mm long, pilose, with long glandular and eglandular hairs, mucro c. 1.5 mm long. Petals obovate, 7–10 mm long, rose-magenta, deeply emarginate; anthers purplish or yellow, with blue-purple dehiscence lines. Fruit 12–13(–20) mm long, rostrum with long glandular and short eglandular hairs; mericarps smooth, hirsute; seeds strongly rugose, with distinct iso-diametric alveolae. Flowers Aug.–Dec.

*CVU, *DunT, *EGU, *GipP, *Glep, *Gold, *HNF, *HSF, *MuM, *NIS, *OtP, *OtR, *Strz, *VRiv, *VVP, *WaP, *Wim. Also naturalised WA, SA, NSW, Tas., New Zealand. Native to Northern Africa, Europe, Asia (temperate). Widespread on disturbed land, cultivated or waste places on a wide variety of substrates including sandy soils and heavy basaltic clays.

Characterized by the dense spreading glandular hairs on upper parts of the plant, deeply-emarginate magenta petals, and at least the upper leaves with narrow, acute-tipped lobes. The mericarps are distinctive in retaining the seed by means of a rigid 'prong' at the distal end; mericarps of other Australian taxa have seed retained by a cluster of bristles attached to a callus.

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, 2016-08-29
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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 dissectum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Geranium dissectum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present naturalised
Wimmera present naturalised
Glenelg Plain present naturalised
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised
Warrnambool Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Dundas Tablelands present naturalised
Northern Inland Slopes present naturalised
East Gippsland Uplands present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Highlands-Northern Fall present naturalised
Otway Ranges present naturalised
Strzelecki Ranges present naturalised

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales