Geranium sp. 2

Variable Crane's-bill

sensu Fl. Victoria 4:224 (1999) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Decumbent or scrambling perennial; stems to 80 cm long, with sparse to c. dense, short to long, recurved or patent hairs; taproot napiform to ellipsoid. Leaves c. orbicular to reniform or broadly cordate, to 4 cm long, palmatisect with 5–7, trifid primary lobes, occasionally further dissected, ultimate lobes truncate to obtuse, upper surface glabrescent or with long, curved to appressed hairs, lower surface with sparse, curved, spreading hairs; stipules narrow-ovate to lanceolate, acuminate sometimes shallowly laciniate. Flowers solitary or paired; peduncles 0.7–3.6 cm long, pedicels 0.7–1.7 cm long; sepals ovate to elliptic, c. 3.5 mm long, (sub)acute, pubescent with minute, glandular and eglandular hairs and scattered, long, curved to spreading hairs, margins occasionally pale to translucent, mucro up to 0.5 mm long; petals 3.5–4 mm long, truncate to obtuse, pale pink to c. white; anthers pale to mid yellow. Fruits 13–14 mm long; mericarps often minutely spotted, evenly pubescent, suture margins long-ciliate; seed deeply rugose with large isodiametric alveolae, frequently with membranous deposits. Flowers Aug.–Jan.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, LoM, MonT, MuF, NIS, OtP, OtR, SnM, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, Wim. Also ?WA, SA, ?Qld, NSW, ACT, Tas. Widespread and common in generally dry sites in woodland and open-forests.

This variable species includes a number of more or less distinct entities. It is characterized by the lobes of the leaves having truncate to obtuse tips, pale pink to nearly white petals with translucent veins and more or less truncate to obtuse apices, absence of blue-purple dehiscence lines on anthers, small napiform to ellipsoid roots, and evenly-pubescent mericarps with long-ciliate suture margins. A large, nearly white-flowered form with spreading hairs and grey-green mericarps has been recorded from areas north of the Melbourne metropolitan area, and may be more closely allied to G. solanderi var. solanderi.

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, 2021-03-22
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Geraniales
family Geraniaceae
genus Geranium
Higher taxa
species Geranium sp. 2


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Geranium sp. 2 in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Geranium sp. 2 in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
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Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands 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
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native