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The Endemic Plants of Chile

Geranium skottsbergii R.Knuth

  1. Classified in >
  2. genus: Geranium >
  3. Family: Geraniaceae

Place of Publication

Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 34: 143 (1933)

Type citation

Chile. Coquimbo, estancia Fray Jorge, 13 Aug. 1917, Skottsberg 752 (holotype, B; isotype, S!) [30°40′S, 71°37′W].



  • Aedo et al. (2005): fig. 80
  • Descriptions

    • Aedo et al. (2005)


    Perennial herbs 33–70 cm tall. Flowering January–December.

    Key characteristics

    Geranium skottsbergii is easily distinguished by its deeply divided leaves with narrow lobes and relatively long petals. It may be confused with G. berteroanum, which has shorter petals and less divided leaves. Geranium core-core, which is also present in central Chile, has leaves that are less divided than G. skottsbergii, stems with shorter hairs and relatively wider sepals (Aedo et al, 2005)


    Coquimbo, Valparaíso, Metropolitana, Del General Libertador Bernardo O'Higgins, Maule and Araucanía

    Distribution and habitat

    This has an extensive north-south distribution in Central Chile but it is more abundant in the northern part of its range especially in coastal locations. It is found on dunes, dry grassy slopes, shrublands, and in Peumus boldus forests. It has an altitudinal range from sea level to 1300 m (Aedo, et al., 2005).


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    • Knuth (1933)

      Knuth, R.G.P. 1933. Geraniaceae novae. Repertorium Specierum Novarum Regni Vegetabilis 34: 143-147

    • Aedo et al. (2005)

      Aedo, C , Navarro, C and Alarcón , M.L 2005. Taxonomic revision of Geranium sections Andina and Chilensia (Geraniaceae). Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society, 2005, 49(1): 1–68