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Genus: Geranium (geraniums)

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Rosids > Order: Geraniales > Family: Geraniaceae

About 300 species, native to temperate regions and the montane tropics, with 29 species native to southern Africa, four that are naturalised, and an additional 14 that are cultivated in the region.

Species native to southern Africa

List from Plants of southern Africa - an online checklist (SANBI), Flora of Zimbabwe and Flora of Mozambique.

Geranium amatolicum

 

Geranium angustipetalum

 

Geranium arabicum

See Flora of Zimbabwe.

 

Geranium baurianum

 

Geranium brycei

 

Geranium caffrum

 

Geranium canescens

 

Geranium contortum

 

Geranium discolor

 

Geranium drakensbergensis

 

Geranium dregei

 

Geranium exellii

Recorded from Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

 

Geranium flanaganii

 

Geranium grandistipulatum

 

Geranium harveyi

 

Geranium incanum

See Flora of Zimbabwe.

Geranium incanum

Geranium magniflorum

 

Geranium multisectum

 

Geranium natalense

 

Geranium nyassense

 

Geranium mascatense

[= Geranium ocellatum]

Recorded from Zimbabwe.

 

Geranium ornithopodioides

 

Geranium ornithopodon

 

Geranium pulchrum

 

Geranium robustum

 

Geranium schlechteri

 

Geranium sparsiflorum

 

Geranium subglabrum

 

Geranium wakkerstroomianum

 

Species naturalised in southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI).

Geranium dissectum

Native to Europe.

 

Geranium molle (Dovesfoot cranesbill)

Native to western and central Europe; naturalised in southern Africa where it is found in disturbed situations such as along suburban roadverges.

Geranium purpureum

 

Geranium rotundifolium (Round-leaved cranesbill)

Native to Europe.

 

Other species, cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Geranium albanum

Native to the Caucasus and Iran.

 

Geranium bohemicum

Native to Europe.

 

Geranium canariense

Native to the Canary Islands.

 

Geranium columbinum (Long-stalked cranesbill)

Native to Europe.

 

Geranium endressii (French cranesbill)

Native to France and Spain.

 

Geranium macrorrhizum

Native to Europe.

 

Geranium maderense

Native to Madeira.

 

Geranium palmatum

Native to Madeira.

 

Geranium palustre

Native to eastern and central Europe.

 

Geranium robertianum (Herb robert)

Native to Eurasia.

 

Geranium sanguineum (Bloody cranesbill)

Native from Europe to the Caucasus.

 

Geranium sibericum

Native to Eurasia.

 

Geranium thunbergii

Native from Japan to Taiwan.

 

Geranium traversii

Native to New Zealand.

 

Publications

  • Glen, H.F. 2002. Cultivated Plants of Southern Africa. Jacana, Johannesburg.

 


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