CUT-LEAVED CRANESBILL

Geranium dissectum

Cranesbill (Geranium) Family [Geraniaceae]  

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status
statusZarchaeophyte
flower
flower8pink
morph
morph8actino
petals
petalsZ5
stem
stem8round

1st June 2011, Bridge End, Leek, Staffs. Photo: © RWD
An erect to procumbent annual up to 60cm long.


1st June 2011, Bridge End, Leek, Staffs. Photo: © RWD
A profusion of leaves but only few small flowers.


1st June 2011, Bridge End, Leek, Staffs. Photo: © RWD
The jizz of the plant.


1st June 2011, Bridge End, Leek, Staffs. Photo: © RWD
Usually two or more stalked leaves from every branch.


1st June 2011, Bridge End, Leek, Staffs. Photo: © RWD
Leaves have a single mid-rib vein. Leaves reddish around edges and especially at the tip. White dense hairs, angled downwards. Un-opened flower bud bottom right, two developing fruits with 5-lobed pink stigmas still attached middle top.


1st June 2011, Bridge End, Leek, Staffs. Photo: © RWD
Several un-opened flower buds plus a partly opened flower - with 5 petals each deeply but bluntly notched at the tip.


1st June 2011, Bridge End, Leek, Staffs. Photo: © RWD
The five pink petals have a faint darker central vein. Five light-green sepals surround the flower.


1st June 2011, Bridge End, Leek, Staffs. Photo: © RWD
Flowers much smaller than Bloody Cranesbill (pink rather than crimson) which also has similar deeply-cut leaves. Anthers a deep lilac colour.


1st June 2011, Bridge End, Leek, Staffs. Photo: © RWD
5-lobed stigma is pink.


1st June 2011, Bridge End, Leek, Staffs. Photo: © RWD
A junction with a paired flower (or three), two pairs of stalked leaves and with the main stem bifurcating. red bracts at every juncture.


1st June 2011, Bridge End, Leek, Staffs. Photo: © RWD
Flowers often in pairs. Crimson-red bracts at stalk junctions. These two turning to fruit. The flower stalks are shortish (less that 25mm long) and fairly thick (rather than thin as in Long-stalked Cranesbill or many other Cranesbills).


1st June 2011, Bridge End, Leek, Staffs. Photo: © RWD
Five arrow-head sepals, with an extended tip which is usually deep-red. Glandular hairs frequently on sepals and upper parts, including fruits (top right) still replete with crimson-red 5-lobed stigma.


1st June 2011, Bridge End, Leek, Staffs. Photo: © RWD
Hairs normal elsewhere but hair-density often high.


1st June 2011, Bridge End, Leek, Staffs. Photo: © RWD
Leaves with 5 (up to 7) lobes often deeply-cut almost to the base, which are cut into sub-lobes, but best ID'd by the hairs on the leaf-stalks.


1st June 2011, Bridge End, Leek, Staffs. Photo: © RWD
A few crimson-red isosceles-triangular bracts tipped with a long narrow extension at the branches of the stems.


Some similarities to : Bloody Cranesbill (Geranium sanguineum) which also has deeply-cut leaves with the same number (5-7) of main lobes, but that has blood-red flowers which have much longer petals (14-22mm as opposed to 4.5 - 6mm).

Uniquely identifiable characteristics

Distinguishing Feature :

A common medium length (up to 60cm) archaeophyte, either erect or procumbent, which inhabits grassy places or stony ground, waste ground or cultivated land and which is present throughout the UK.


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Distribution
family8Cranesbill family8Geranium family8Geraniaceae

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genus8geranium
Geranium
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CUT-LEAVED CRANESBILL

Geranium dissectum

Cranesbill (Geranium) Family [Geraniaceae]  

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