Geranium retrorsumCommon name: Common Cranesbill

Meaning of name: Geranium comes from the Greek word geranos, meaning crane. This name was given due to the fruit resembling the head and bill of a crane. Retrorsum is from the Latin word retrorsus, meaning turned back or pointing backwards.

Distribution: This plant is found around Perth, south to Harvey. It is also found along the south coast of Western Australia.

Remarks: This is a native Geranium, of which there are 3. Its stems are up to 40cm long and the pink flowers are produced from August to October.

References: Western Australian Plant Names and their Meanings, a Glossary. FA Sharr. 1996.
Flora of the Perth Region. NG Marchant, JR Wheeler, BL Rye, EM Bennett, NS Lander, TD Macfarlane. 1987.