Pelargonium australe

Common Name:

Austral Stork's-bill



Distribution (from Flora of Victoria):

All regions (all grids except ?Q) all States except NT
Map - Australasian Virtual Herbarium

Distribution and ecological preference at Wilsons Promontory (if known):

Common especially on thin soils on granite outcrops inland 1
and sand dunes and coastal cliffs 2

Flower Description:

White or pale pink with deep pink along the veins 1


Spreading herb to 60 cm tall 1

Distinguishing characteristics (within family/genus):

The posterior sepal is prolonged downwards to form a spur that is fused to the flower stalk. The spur is 1-4 mm long. The stems and the stalk of the flower and inflorescence have hairs that do not have glands attached 3


Image: Alison Kellow

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Conservation status:

Not threatened


1 Meagher, D. and Kohout, M. (2001). “A field guide to Wilsons Promontory”. Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, Vic.
2 The Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust (October, 2014). PlantNET - The Plant Information Network System of The Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust, Sydney, Australia.
3 Walsh, N. G. and Entwisle, T. J. “Flora of Victoria”, volumes 2 (1994), 3 (1996) and 4 (1999). Inkata Press, Port Melbourne, Victoria