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This species is accepted, and its native range is E. Afghanistan to S. China and N. Thailand.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FWTA]

Geraniaceae, Hutchinson and Dalziel. Flora of West Tropical Africa 1:1. 1954

Morphology General Habit
A more or less erect annual up to 4 ft. high
Morphology Leaves
Leaves digitately divided below the middle
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers pink or mauve with a darker centre.

[FZ]

Geraniaceae, T. Müller. Flora Zambesiaca 2:1. 1963

Morphology General Habit
Annual herb; stems prostrate-ascendent, longitudinally furrowed, mostly covered with spreading hairs or glands up to 2 mm. in length.
Morphology Leaves
Leaf-lamina 5-lobed, divided to about 2/3; lobes 3–10 mm. across at base, obovate in outline, pinnatifid, pubescent both above and below, usually hispid with scattered hairs on the upper surface also; petioles 5–90 mm. long, longitudinally furrowed, covered with spreading hairs or glands; stipules 2–4 mm. long, lacerated nearly to the base into lanceolate segments, pubescent or pilose.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence 2-flowered; peduncle 0–5 cm. long, glandular; pedicels 2–20 mm. long, glandular; bracts 2–4 mm. long, linear-lanceolate, hyaline at the edge, pubescent; sepals 5 × 2–3 mm., lanceolate, mucronate, 3-nerved, hyaline at the edge, pubescent, pilose or glandular.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals about 7 × 5 mm., obovate, purple-pink with distinct dark purple centre.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 10, filaments about 3 mm. long, narrowly lanceolate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovary pubescent; stigmas 5.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Cocci with shallow reticulate ridges, glabrous or shortly pubescent; mature rostrum 8–14 mm. long, pubescent; upper portion of the styles 0–2 mm. long, stigmas 0·3–1 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds glabrous; testa minutely foveolate.

[FSOM]

M. Thulin et al. Flora of Somalia, Vol. 1-4 [updated 2008] https://plants.jstor.org/collection/FLOS

Morphology General Habit
Annual, prostrate or ascending, pubescent with spreading hairs and glands
Morphology Leaves
Leaves long-petiolate; blade usually 5-lobed, divided to about two-thirds of the radius; lobes 3–10 mm wide at the base, obovate, pinnatifid in upper part, pubescent
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences (1–)2-flowered; peduncle 0–5 cm long; lower flowers often cleistogamous; pedicels 2–25 mm long, glandular hairy
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals narrowly ovate, 4–5.5 mm long, mucronate
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals 6–9 mm long, mauve or pink with dark purple centre
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Mericarps 2–2.5 mm long, shallowly transversely rugose or reticulate, the ridges minutely pubescent; mature beak 8–14 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds c. 2 mm long, minutely reticulate, brown.
Distribution
N1–3 Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Sudan, Cameroon, East Africa and south to Zimbabwe, S Arabia, Iran and eastwards to China.
Ecology
Altitude range 1150–1900 m.
Note
The plants in Africa and Arabia are sometimes recognised as var. sublaeve (Oliv.) Milne-Redhead (see Kew Bull. 3: 453, 1948), while var. ocellatum is distributed from Iran and eastwards.

[FTEA]

Geraniaceae, J. O. Kokwaro (University College Nairobi). Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1971

Morphology General Habit
Annual prostrate-ascending herb up to 7 dm. long/tall, diffusely branched from below; stems longitudinally grooved, mostly covered with spreading hairs or glands up to 2 mm. long, usually very weak but rather woody at the very base.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves generally opposite, sometimes alternate towards the base; lamina 5-lobed, divided to about two-thirds of the radius; lobes 3–10 mm. wide at the base, obovate in outline, pinnatifid, pubescent on both surfaces, usually also hispid with scattered hairs on the upper surface; petiole 0.5–9 cm. long, longitudinally grooved, covered with spreading hairs or glands; stipules divided nearly to the base into lanceolate segments, 2–4 mm. long, pubescent or pilose.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence 2-flowered; peduncle up to 5 cm. long, but frequently very short or lacking, the flowers then solitary, glandular.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers mostly chasmogamous but those on lower stem portion usually cleistogamous; pedicels 2–20 mm. long, pubescent and sometimes glandular; bracts linear-lanceolate, 2–4 mm. long, hyaline at the edge, pubescent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals lanceolate, 4–5.5 mm. long, 1–3 mm. wide, mucronate, 3-nerved, hyaline at the edge, pubescent to pilose or glandular.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals obovate to broadly spathulate, 6–7.8 mm. long, 3.5–5 mm. wide, obtuse, purple-pink with distinct purple centre.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens:filaments narrowly lanceolate or acicular, 2–3 mm. long, purple; anthers 0.6–0.9 mm. long, 0.3–0.5 mm. wide, purple.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovary pubescent; stigmas 0.3–1 mm. long, dark purple.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Mericarps with shallow reticulate ridges, glabrous or shortly pubescent; mature rostrum 8–14 mm. long, pubescent; upper portion of the style 0–2 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds 2–2.5 mm. long, 1–1.5 mm. wide, glabrous; testa minutely foveolate, pubescent along the minute ridges, with sharp beak, brown to almost black.
Habitat
Upland grassland, wooded grassland, evergreen bushland and thicket, often in densely shaded places, becoming a weed of cultivation; 1000–2900 m.
Distribution
K3 K4 K5 K6 T1 T2 T3 T6 T7 T8 U1 U2 U3 Cameroon highlands and highlands of eastern Africa from Eritrea to Rhodesia, also Yemen, Iran, China and the Himalayas

Native to:

Afghanistan, Assam, China South-Central, China Southeast, East Himalaya, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, West Himalaya, Yemen

Geranium ocellatum Jacquem. ex Cambess. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jan 1, 2015 Clarke, C.B. [20219 A], India K000729536
Jan 1, 2015 Jacquemont, V.V. [574], India K000729537 isolectotype
Migeod [209], Cameroon K000094365
Mann, G. [1261], Cameroon K000094362 Unknown type material
s.coll. [956], India K000729538
Royle, J.F. [s.n.], India K000729539

First published in V.Jacquemont, Voy. Inde 4: 33 (1841)

Accepted by

  • Aedo, C., Barberá, P. & Buira, A. (2016). Taxonomic revision of Geranium sect. Trilopha (Geraniaceae) Systematic Botany 41: 354-377.
  • Collenette, S. (1999). Wildflowers of Saudi Arabia: 1-799. National commission for wildlife conservation and development (NCWCD), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
  • Exell, A.W., Fernandes, A. & Wild, H. (eds.) (1963). Flora Zambesiaca 2(1): 1-351. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Kokwaro, J.O. (1971). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Geraniaceae: 1-23.
  • Nasir, Y.J. (1983). Flora of Pakistan 149: 1-43. Department of Botany, University of Karachi, Karachi.
  • Schönbeck-Temesy, E. (1970). Flora Iranica 69: 1-67. Akademische Druck- u. Verlagsanstalt, Graz.
  • Wood, J.R.I. (1997). A handbook of the Yemen Flora: 1-434. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Wu, Z. & Raven, P.H. (eds.) (2008). Flora of China 11: 1-622. Science Press (Beijing) & Missouri Botanical Garden Press (St. Louis).

Not accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Seed Plants Database in ACCESS G: 1-40325. [Cited as Geranium mascatense.]

Literature

Flora of West Tropical Africa

  • —R. Knuth in Engl. Pflanzenr. Geraniac. 62 (1912).

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Aedo, C., Barberá, P. & Buira, A. (2016). Taxonomic revision of Geranium sect. Trilopha (Geraniaceae) Systematic Botany 41: 354-377.
  • Collenette, S. (1999). Wildflowers of Saudi Arabia: 1-799. National commission for wildlife conservation and development (NCWCD), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
  • Wood, J.R.I. (1997). A handbook of the Yemen Flora: 1-434. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Flora of Somalia

  • Flora Somalia, Vol 1, (1993) Author: by M. Thulin [updated by M. Thulin 2008]

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Cambess. in Jacquem., Voy. Ind. 4, Bot.: 33 (1844)
  • Cambess., Atlas 2, t. 38 (1844).
  • Cufod., Enumeratio Plantarum Aethiopiae Spermatophyta (Supplement in Bull. Jard. Bot. Brux.) p. 346 (1956).
  • Engl., Hochgebirgsfl. Trop. Afr.: 274 (1892).
  • Laundon in Flora Zambesiaca 2: 136 (1963).
  • Milne-Redh. in Flora of West Tropical Africa, ed. 2, 1: 157 (1954).
  • R. Knuth in A. Engler, Das Pflanzenreich IV. 129: 62 (1912).

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