Geranium multisectum has been much confused with G. incanum but is easily distinguished by its tufted habit; moreover, the leaves are seldom as discolorous as those of G. incanum, and the hairs are often spreading, not closely appressed; spreading gland-tipped hairs are sometimes present on the leaves, and are often present on the sepals and pedicels; G. incanum is always eglandular.
Clumped perennial herb, stock eventually thick (±15 mm diam.) and woody, stems spreading, decumbent or more or less erect, sometimes rooting when in contact with the ground, well-branched, herbaceous, pubescent, hairs appressed or somewhat spreading, sometimes with spreading gland-tipped hairs as well. Stipules deeply dissected, segments lanceolate-acuminate. Radical leaves tufted, petioles very long (up to ±300 mm), much longer than the blade, hairs often retrorse, strongly appressed to more or less spreading, spreading gland-tipped hairs sometimes present as well; blade seldom exceeding 50 mm diam., digitately cut to the base into usually 5 lobes, each lobe bipinnatisect, ultimate segments mostly 1-2 mm broad, linear, margins revolute, glabrous to sparsely hairy above, more densely so below, not always markedly discolorous, hairs appressed to somewhat spreading, spreading gland-tipped hairs sometimes present as well; cauline leaves similar, but uppermost petioles often short. Peduncles opposite the upper leaves and much exceeding them, hairy as the petioles, but often with gland-tipped hairs when the petioles lack them, usually 2-flowered. Pedicels seldom exceeding 40 mm long, hairy like the peduncles. Sepals (6-)7(-9) x (2.5-)3(-3.5) mm excluding mucro, appressed-pubescent, often with spreading hairs as well, gland-tipped or not. Petals (11-)15-17(-19) x (8-)10-13(-16) mm, obovate, usually shallowly notched, violet, purple or magenta. Rostrum with appressed or spreading hairs, spreading gland-tipped hairs sometimes present as well.
Perennial herb, up to 150 mm high. Stems spreading, decumbent or ± erect. Leaves in tufts at base of stem; blade seldom > 50 mm in diameter, lobes twice-pinnate, margins revolute, glabrous to sparsely hairy on upper surface or more densely on lower surface, hairs often retrorse, strongly appressed to ± spreading; petioles up to 300 mm long. Flowers: inflorescence usually 2-flowered; peduncles opposite with gland-tipped hairs, pedicels > 40 mm long, hairy; petals obovate, 15-19 x 10-16 mm, margins usually serrate, shallowly notched, violet, purple or magenta; Nov.-Jan.
Recorded from the Koudeveldberg near Graaff Reinet and Boschberg at Somerset East, then the Stormberg, Cape Drakensberg, Lesotho, Natal Drakensberg and Midlands, eastern Orange Free State and the Transvaal Highveld and eastern highlands, from Potchefstroom in the west to Carolina and Lake Chrissie in the east, and north to Pietersburg.