Geranium solanderi var. solanderi

Austral Crane's-bill

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Decumbent to ascending perennial; stems to 50 cm long, with short spreading or recurved hairs and long (sometimes deciduous) patent to slightly recurved and/or crisped hairs; taproot c. spherical to napiform. Leaves orbicular to reniform, to 6 cm long; palmatisect with 5–7 deeply 2- or 3-fid primary lobes, often further dissected, ultimate lobes obtuse to subacute, upper surface glabrescent, or with scattered, curved hairs, lower surface with sparse, long, spreading hairs; stipules triangular to narrow-ovate, short-acuminate or often short-laciniate. Flowers solitary or paired; peduncles 0.7–2.5 cm long, pedicels 0.6–2.5 cm long; sepals ovate to narrow-elliptic, 4–5.5 mm long, (sub)acute, pubescent with minute, glandular and eglandular hairs, and longer spreading hairs, margins occasionally translucent, mucro 0.5–0.9 mm long; petals obovate, 5–7.5 mm long, c. truncate to retuse, bright pink; anthers pink to lemon with purple dehiscence lines. Fruits 1.2–1.5 cm long; mericarps unevenly pubescent, hairs becoming longer toward awn, suture margins irregularly short-ciliate; seed rugose with large isodiametric alveolae with occasional membranous deposits.  Flowers Oct.–Jan.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HFE, HNF, HSF, LoM, MonT, NIS, SnM, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, Wim. Also WA, SA, NSW, ACT, Tas. Also New Zealand. An uncommon species of damp to dryish, usually sheltered sites in grassy woodlands, often along drainage lines or in seepage areas.

Formerly including Geranium spp. 1, 2 and 4 (see notes under those species), but here more narrowly defined. Characterized by the long, patent indumentum on most stems, bright pink petals with c. obscure veins and retuse apices, anthers with dark purple dehiscence lines, uneven mericarp indumentum and cauline leaves with narrow (but usually not linear) lobes.

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 solanderi var. solanderi in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Geranium solanderi var. solanderi in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Gippsland 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
Monaro Tablelands present native
Highlands-Far East present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory