Geranium homeanum

Family Geraniaceae

Sprawling herb with flowering stems to 70 cm long, taproot fleshy, often much-branched. Annual or short-lived perennial. Longevity 1 - 5 years.

Flowers: Pink.

Fruit: Capsule 11–14 mm long, separates into 5, one-seeded units.

Seed: Seeds brown, 2 mm long, mature October–April. Expelled as the fruit sections dry off. Hard seeded with physical dormancy, germinate after scarification/nicking allowing moisture through the seed coat.

Gallery images: seed, seedling, rootstock, resprout

Ecology

  • Woodland and grassland habitat in mid to light shade.
  • Common in woodland at the Australian Botanic Garden.
  • Resprout from base after high intensity fire.
  • Seedlings noted after fire and subsequent rain. Some seed germination possibly promoted by fire.

Ecology of Cumberland Plain Woodland

Geranium homeanum plant

Geranium homeanum flower

Geranium homeanum fruit

Geranium homeanum seed