MUNICH CRANESBILL

Geranium × monacense

Cranesbill (Geranium) Family [Geraniaceae]  

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2nd June 2011, Bromley Cross, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
A common garden plant, which often escapes and spreads, in this case along the track.


29th July 2008, Clitheroe. Photo: © RWD
Flowers with five beetroot coloured rhombic petals swept back (reflexed) and coloured in a very distinctive beetroot and white.


29th July 2008, Clitheroe. Photo: © RWD
Five beetroot coloured petals with a white centre. A pink-coloured 'cranesbill' extends from the centre of the flower consisting of a single central style, and several stamens with large anthers on the ends.


29th July 2008, Clitheroe. Photo: © RWD
The stamens curl back towards the flower. flower buds, sepals and stalks all hairy.


29th July 2008, Clitheroe. Photo: © RWD
Anthers are violet on one side.


2nd June 2011, Bromley Cross, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
Anthers violet on one side and cream on the other, looking like tiny bars of soap. Centre of flower slightly hairy.


2nd June 2011, Bromley Cross, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
Five hairy beetroot coloured sepals at rear flush with the petals.


2nd June 2011, Bromley Cross, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
Flower bud extens its 'cranesbill'.


2nd June 2011, Bromley Cross, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
There is a five-lobed leaf part-way up and nearly encircling the stem.


2nd June 2011, Bromley Cross, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
Palmately-lobed and coarsely-toothed leaves at base of plant.


This is the cultivated hybrid between Munich Cranesbill (Geranium phaeum) and Reflexed Cranesbill (Geranium reflexum) called Geranium phaeum × reflexum.

Superficial resemblance to : Marsh Cinquefoil but only because it is one of the very few dark purplish / indigo flowers. They are quite different having a different number of petals, and grow in extremely different places.

Distinguishing Feature : The largish two-toned indigo petals with whitish central area, and the long pink 'beak' emerging from dead centre, by which the Cranesbills are characterised.

More likely to be found in someone's garden than in the wild.


  Geranium × monacense  ⇐ Global Aspect ⇒ Geraniaceae  

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MUNICH CRANESBILL

Geranium × monacense

Cranesbill (Geranium) Family [Geraniaceae]  

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