Trailing perennial herb to 50 cm. Round leaves deeply divided into 5-7 narrow lobes each forked two or three times. Paired or single bright pink flowers with distinctly notched petals. Edible round to turnip-shaped taproot.
|Former Scientific Name||
Geranium solanderi var. solanderi
Stems and stalks covered with dense short to long hairs at right-angles to the plant. Flowers similar to G. retrosum but twice the size, with narrow lobes.
Perennial. Common and widespread in a range of habitats. Long-lived species. May persist in disturbed sites. Seed has an awn or bristle that helps it to pierce the soil crust for germination.
Tracheophyta (Vascular Plants)
Magnoliopsida (Flowering Plants)
Source: Atlas of Living Australia
Many Geranium species have branched or single tapered tuberous taproots that were roasted as food by Aboriginal people. This species has a turnip-shaped edible taproot. The roots of some species contain high levels of tannins and were used as an anti-diarrhoeal.Listed as a threatened species in Vic.
There has been taxonomic studies of Geraniums, particularly members of the G. solanderi complex. confusion with G. beardsdellii, G. pallidiflorum, G. inundatum, G. carrolii, G. ciliocarpum, G. gardneri.