Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae

Geraniaceae - Geranium family

Mueller, T. (1963) Geraniaceae FZ 2(1)

Description of the family

Herbs, shrubs or suffrutices. Stipules present. Leaves alternate or opposite. Inflorescences usually axillary, sometimes pseudumbellate. Flowers bisexual, 5-merous. Sepals 5, free, but in Pelargonium the upper one with a spur fused to the pedicel. Petals 5, free, rarely 0. Ovary superior, 3-5-locular, beaked (in ours). Fruit a dry 5-celled schizocarp with 1 seed per cell, each mericarp and its apical sterile beak separating from the column and splitting open at maturity in various ways.

Worldwide: 11 genera and 700 species, mainly temperate with few tropical.

Zimbabwe: 3 genera and 13 taxa.

Insects associated with this family:

Cacyreus palemon (Water bronze)
Geranium incanum

More sample images from the Geraniaceae (Click on each image to see a larger version and details of the record)

Geranium arabicum subsp. arabicum

Geranium arabicum subsp. arabicum

Monsonia angustifolia

Monsonia angustifolia

Monsonia angustifolia

Monsonia angustifolia

Monsonia senegalensis

Monsonia senegalensis

Pelargonium mossambicense

Pelargonium mossambicense

Links to genera:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this family

GenusContent
Geranium L.Description, Image
Monsonia L.Description, Image
Pelargonium L'Hér. ex AitonDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Geraniaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Geraniaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Geraniaceae
Flora of Zambia: Geraniaceae

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Geraniaceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-14

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2014). Flora of Zimbabwe: Family page: Geraniaceae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=91, retrieved 25 October 2014

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