Geranium (Family Geraniaceae)

 

Geraniaceae is a family of flowering plants placed in Order

Geraniales. There are around 800 species in the family, distributed

in from 7 to 10 genera, according to the database of the Royal Bot-

anic Gardens, Kew. Numerically, the most important genera are

Geranium (430 species), Pelargonium (280 species) and Erodium

(80 species).

 

Most species are found in temperate or warm temperate regions,

though some are tropical. Pelargonium has its centre for diversity

in the Cape region in South Africa, where there is a striking vegeta-

tive and floral variation.

 

Many members of Family Geraniaceae are used for gardening and

ornamental purposes.

 

 

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