Geum urbanum var. strictum Hook.f.

Common Avens

Handb. New Zealand Fl. 55 (1864) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Erect, shortly rhizomatous herb to 1 m high; stems reddish-green, glabrous, or hairy with short and long hairs. Leaves pinnate or pinnately lobed, 4–30 cm long, decreasing in size up stem; leaflets pinnately 3-foliolate or imparipinnate with 5–11 leaflets, terminal leaflet usually 3–5-lobed, hairy on both surfaces, mainly along veins, margins irregularly crenate-serrate and lobed; petiole 5–20 cm long; stipules leaflike, toothed and chiefly 3-lobed, 0.75–2 cm long. Inflorescence a terminal, few-flowered, lax cyme; peduncles to 14 cm long. Epicalyx lobes lanceolate, 2–5 mm long; sepals narrowly ovate, 4–7 mm long, hairy with short cottony hairs along upper margin and upper midrib of inner surface; petals yellow, ovate, obtuse, 5–8 mm long. Achenes c. 50–70, forming a globose head 10–15 mm long in fruit, glabrous or with a few hairs at base; style persistent and hooked, reddish, elongating to c. 10 mm; calyx and epicalyx reflexed in fruit. Flowers Dec.–Feb.

CVU, EGL, EGU, HNF, HSF, MonT, NIS, SnM, VAlp. NSW, ACT. Occurs along creek lines and on margins of bogs in montane to alpine areas.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2015-12-01
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-03-15
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Rosales
family Rosaceae
genus Geum
species Geum urbanum L.
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Geum urbanum var. strictum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Geum urbanum var. strictum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory