MUNICH CRANE'S-BILL

Geranium × monacense

Crane's-bill (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 'crane's-bill' 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 extends its 'crane's-bill'.


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 Crane's-bill (Geranium phaeum) and Reflexed Crane's-bill (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 Crane's-bills 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 CRANE'S-BILL

Geranium × monacense

Crane's-bill (Geranium) Family [Geraniaceae]  

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