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
SUMMARY
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
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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.
Distribution:
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.
Status:
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.