Seeds of South Australia
Pelargonium australe (Geraniaceae)
Austral Stork's-bill
List of species for Pelargonium
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Seed collecting:
December to May
Herbarium regions:
Eyre Peninsula, Murray, Yorke Peninsula, Southern Lofty, Kangaroo Island, South Eastern
NRM regions:
Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges, Kangaroo Island, Northern and Yorke, South Australian Murray-Darling Basin, South East
IBRA regions
Mount Gambier (SVP02)Southern Volcanic Plain
 Near Threatened   [likes calcareous soils]
Bridgewater (NCP01)Naracoorte Coastal Plain
 Least Concern   [likes calcareous soils]
Glenelg Plain (NCP02) 
 Near Threatened   [likes calcareous soils]
Lucindale (NCP03) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))   [localised]
Tintinara (NCP04) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))   [limited habitat]
Kangaroo Island (KAN01)Kanmantoo
 Least Concern
Fleurieu (KAN02) 
 Near Threatened
Mount Lofty Ranges (FLB01)Flinders Lofty Block
 Vulnerable   (IUCN: VU B2ab(i,ii,iii))   (Probable Decline)   [declining habitat]
Southern Yorke (EYB01)Eyre Yorke Block
 Least Concern
St Vincent (EYB02) 
 Least Concern
South Olary Plain (MDD01)Murray Darling Depression
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))
Murray Mallee (MDD02) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))
Murray Lakes and Coorong (MDD03) 
 Least Concern   [likes calcareous soils]
Lowan Mallee (MDD04) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))
IBRA regions
Mount Gambier (SVP02)Southern Volcanic PlainNear Threatened
  [likes calcareous soils]
4 of 4 subregionsNaracoorte Coastal PlainLeast Concern
, Near Threatened
, Rare
2 of 2 subregionsKanmantooLeast Concern
, Near Threatened
Mount Lofty Ranges (FLB01)Flinders Lofty BlockVulnerable
  (IUCN: VU B2ab(i,ii,iii))   (Probable Decline)   [declining habitat]
2 of 5 subregionsEyre Yorke BlockLeast Concern
4 of 6 subregionsMurray Darling DepressionLeast Concern
, Rare
RSCA map:
Regional Species Conservation Assessments per IBRA subregion. Please click the thumbnail map.
AVH map:
Australian distribution map (external link)
SA Census:
Census of South Australian plants (external link)     [genus Pelargonium]
Name derivation:
Pelargonium from the Greek 'pelargos' meaning a stork; referring to the awned mericarp resembling a stork's bill. Austral means of or from the south or Australia; referring to the species distribution in the southern part of Australia.
Found in the southern part of South Australia, growing on sand dunes and rocky outcrops. Also found in all states except in the Northern Territory.
Native. Common in South Australia. Uncommon in Queensland. Common in the other states.
Plant description:
Ascending to decumbent softly hairy perennial herb to 50 cm high with stems densely covered with soft short hairs. Leaves ovate to orbicular, to 9 cm long, shallowly 5-7-lobed, petiole to 13 cm long but usually to 8 cm long. Flowers in clusters of up to 12 with pink petals, the upper pair usually veined or blotched darker. Flowering between October and March.
Fruit type:
Erect clusters of pale brown fruit to 15 mm long, 
Seed type:
Mericarps hairy with long twisting awns and tapering beak.
Seed collecting:
Collect matured fruit, those that are turning brown and the mericarps are starting to peel off the fruit stalk.
Seed cleaning:
Place the mericarps in a tray and leave to dry fro 1 to 2 weeks. If only the mericarps are collected, no further cleaning is required and it can be stored as is. Store the mericarps with a desiccant such as dried silica beads or dry rice, in an air tight container in a cool and dry place.