Scientific Name:
Geranium dissectum L., Cent. Pl. I, 21 (1755)
  • = Geranium angustifolium Gilib. (1786)
  • = Geranium minimum Picard (1837)
Vernacular Name(s):
Cut-leaved cranesbill; Cut-leaved geranium

Hairy, annual, taprooted herb, with large basal lf rosette and ± ascending branches to c. 50 cm long. Stems ± densely hairy with the hairs ± retrorse. Petioles to c. 20 cm long, longest in rosette lvs, with hairs as on stems. Lamina 3.5–8 × 3.5–9 cm, orbicular or suborbicular, with appressed hairs, especially on veins below; lobes 5–7, extending almost to the petiole, again pinnately lobed or 3-lobed, especially in rosette lvs; ultimate segments linear or narrow-oblong, acute. Fls usually in pairs; peduncles usually > pedicels, both densely hairy with eglandular and often pink-tipped glandular hairs. Sepals 5–8 mm long (excluding awn), ovate, densely clothed in long, white, eglandular and short glandular hairs, aristate with awn (1)–2–3 mm long. Petals 3.5–5 mm long, obovate, pink or rose, emarginate; claw short. Filaments whitish; anthers blue. Mericarps 2.5–3 mm long, with white, patent hairs. Seeds prominently isobilaterally alveolate.

[From: Webb et al. (1988) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 4.]


Flowering: Nov.–Feb.

Carolin, R.C. 1965: The genus Geranium L. in the south western Pacific area. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 89: 326–361.
Linnaeus, C.; Juslenius, A.D. 1755: Centuria I. Plantarum ... L.M. Höjer, Uppsala.