Scientific Name:
Pelargonium L'Hér. ex Aiton, Hortus Kew. [W. Aiton] 2, 417 (1789)
Vernacular Name(s):

Perennial herbs or soft-wooded subshrubs, rarely annual, sometimes with tuberous roots, usually aromatic; stems sometimes succulent. Lvs cauline, usually opposite and petiolate, entire to finely dissected, often ± succulent; stipules often brown and scarious. Fls 2-many, in pedunculate umbels; bracts few to many, sometimes coloured. Sepals 5, imbricate, connate at base, with dorsal sepal forming a nectariferous spur adnate to the pedicel. Petals (2)–5, clawed or sessile, usually unequal with upper 2 larger and more conspicuously coloured. Stamens 10, 2–7 fertile, others reduced to staminodes, connate at base. Ovary 5-locular, with 2 ovules per loculus, hirsute; style long. Fr. with beak, the outer part of style separating to form 5 long awns which remain attached to the mericarps; awns spirally-twisted, sometimes spine-like, coiling upon dehiscence. Mericarps 1-seeded, tapering, often spine-tipped.

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

Indigenous (Non-endemic)
Number of species and named hybrids in New Zealand within Pelargonium L'Hér. ex Aiton
Indigenous (Non-endemic)1
Exotic: Fully Naturalised7
Exotic: Casual6
Aiton, W. 1789: Hortus Kewensis; or a catalogue of the plants cultivated in the Royal botanic gardens at Kew. Vol. 2. Nicol, London.
Mabberley, D.J. 2008: Mabberley's plant book, a portable dictionary of plants, their classification and uses. Edition 3. Cambridge University Press.