Geranium inundatum

Naked Crane's-bill

Spreading, almost hairless perennial herb with thick, tapering to branched taproot.

Additional information

  • SynonymGeranium sp. 5, misidentified as Geranium retrorsum
  • FamilyGeraniaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Sizeprostrate x to 1 m
  • Plant groupingHerbs & Groundcovers <1m
  • LeavesRound to kidney shaped leaves to 4 cm long, deeply dissected into 5-7 lobes which are forked 2-3 times and further dissected. Lobes broad or narrow, often toothed, tips pointed or square. Few short curved hairs may be present on upper surface.
  • Flower colourPink to bright pink
  • Flowering timeOctober to March
  • FlowersSingle or paired flowers, to 7 mm wide, on stalks 1-4.5 cm long, anthers mauve to lemon with purple lines. Sepals egg-shaped-shaped, pointed, hairy with narrow translucent margin. Beaked fruit to 16 mm long.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist to seasonally flooded sites in disturbed areas on floodplains. Full sun, semi shade.
  • Garden useEasily grown as a groundcover in moist areas. The flower is brighter than many local geraniums.
  • Commercially availableNever
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from very few local sites.
  • Aboriginal Use Food - taproot roasted
  • Related speciesIt is uncertain whether this species is definitely indigenous to Australia, although it is believed that it probably is.
Photographer/s: 1, 3-5 Peter Kinchington ©; 2 Marilyn Bull ©

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