Seeds of South Australia
Pelargonium rodneyanum (Geraniaceae)
Magenta Storks-bill
List of species for Pelargonium
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Seed collecting:
January to July
Herbarium region:
South Eastern
NRM region:
South East
IBRA regions
Bridgewater (NCP01)Naracoorte Coastal Plain
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))   [edge of range]
Lucindale (NCP03) 
 Least Concern   [stronghold in SE]
Tintinara (NCP04) 
 Least Concern   [stronghold in SE]
Lowan Mallee (MDD04)Murray Darling Depression
 Least Concern
Wimmera (MDD05) 
 Least Concern   [stronghold in SE]
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. Rodneyanum named in honour of Mrs. Riddell of Sydney, grand-daughter of the famous  Admiral George Rodney, rather than it being named after him.

Found in the South-east in South Australia, growing on fertile clays or loams in grassland or woodland communities, but also on rocky outcrops. Also found in New South Wales and Victoria.
Native. Common in South Australia. Common in the other states.
Plant description:
Tufted erect perennial herb to 40 cm high, covered with short glandular hairs and with tuberous roots. Leaves  all or mostly basal, ovate, pubescent, to 5 cm long with 5-7-lobed on a long slender petioles to 7 cm long. Flowers in groups of 2-7 with magenta or deep-pink flowers, arising from the axils of the basal leaves. Flowering between November and May.
Fruit type:
Erect clusters of pale brown fruit to 25 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.