Geranium neglectum Carolin

Swamp Crane's-bill

Proc. Linn. Soc. New South Wales 89: 343 (1965) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Prostrate or scrambling perennial; stems wiry, reddish, to 1.2 m long, usually stoloniferous, glabrescent or with minute retrorsely-appressed hairs; taproot fleshy, often much-branched. Leaves c. orbicular to reniform, 1–4.5 cm long, palmatifid to palmatisect with 5–7, bifid to trifid primary lobes, occasionally further dissected; ultimate lobes obtuse to acute; upper surface with sparse, minute appressed hairs, predominant along veins and margin; stipules lanceolate, acuminate. Flowers single (in Victoria); peduncle 3–22 cm long; pedicels 3–6 cm long. Sepals narrow-ovate to narrow-elliptic, 6–9 mm long, acute, glabrescent to minutely hairy with appressed hairs, margin translucent, mucro 0.5–1 mm long; petals obovate, 12–14 mm long, obtuse, pink grading to white, with dark pink veins; anthers lemon-yellow. Fruits 16–22 mm long; mericarps pilose to hirsute, suture margins not ciliate; seed dark brown, smooth with very small, shallow, c. isodiametric alveolae. Flowers Dec.–May.

EGL, EGU, HFE, MonT. Also Qld, ACT, NSW. Restricted to perennially wet sites such as bogs, creek banks, swamp margins and seepage lines in lowland to montane areas of East Gippsland.

Characterized by large flowers (to 3 cm diam.), pink petals with darker veins, minute, sparse, appressed indumentum, wiry petioles and stems, often stoloniferous habit, and restricted habitat.

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, 2017-07-27
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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 neglectum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Geranium neglectum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Highlands-Far East present native

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory