Geranium sp. 6

Delicate Crane's-bill

sensu Fl. Victoria 4:229 (1999) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Endemic

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: vulnerable (v)

Decumbent to ascending perennial; stems to 40 cm long, with short retrorsely appressed eglandular hairs and occasional long, patent glandular hairs; taproot napiform to c. spherical. Leaves suborbicular, reniform or c. deltoid, 1–4 cm long, palmatifid to palmatisect with 3–5(–7), trifid and sometimes toothed primary lobes; ultimate lobes obtuse to acute; upper surface with sparse, short, curved to appressed hairs; stipules narrow-triangular, long-acuminate. Flowers solitary or paired; peduncles 1.5–4.5 cm long; pedicels 1.5–2.5 cm long. Sepals broad-ovate to narrow-ovate, 4.5–5.5 mm long, acute, with few short spreading hairs and scattered longer hairs, mucro to 0.5 mm long; petals obovate, 5–5.5 mm long, bright pink grading to white; anthers lemon. Fruits 11–14 mm long; mericarps pilose with scattered long hairs, suture margins not ciliate; seed dark brown to black, smooth with very shallow c. oblong alveolae. Flowers Oct.–Jan.

CVU, HNF, NIS, VAlp, VRiv. Apparently endemic in Victoria. Recorded from sheltered sites from central to north-east Victoria (Strathbogie Ranges, Benalla, Wangaratta and Beechworth).

The diagnostic feature of this species is the presence of scattered long patent glandular hairs on the pedicel, peduncle and often upper stems. The introduced G. dissectum also has glandular hairs covering upper stems and inflorescences, but these extend to the fruit rostrum (lacking on Geranium sp. 6).

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.
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Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Geraniales
family Geraniaceae
genus Geranium
Higher taxa
species Geranium sp. 6


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Geranium sp. 6 in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Geranium sp. 6 in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Riverina present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Victorian Alps present native