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Cranesbill

Observed: 29th June 2013 By: Valerie Harrison
West Galloway Scottish Ornithologists' Club
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cranesbill
Description:
Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Dovesfoot Crane's-bill (Geranium molle) interacts

Comments

Chris Metherell's picture

Geranium spp.

If you give some details of you ident, we might be able to agree. It's difficult to see the required detail from a single photo. The following may help: Geranium, or rather the smallish flowered ones are not difficult to tell apart. Geranium molle has flower stalks (the pedicels) with a combination of long and short hairs, obvious without a hand lens, and has all ten stamens with anthers. Geranium pusillum has only short hairs on the pedicel and only five of its ten stamens have anthers. Both have the petals divided 3/4 of the way to the base which are less than 6mm long. Geranium pyrenaicum is larger, with petals more than 6mm and which are split less than 3/4 of the way to the base. Also has all ten stamens with anthers.

Chris Metherell
BSBI VC Recorder
North Northumberland

Valerie Harrison's picture

Geranium spp

I had ruled out G. pyrenaicum as the flowers seemed too small and the leaves more serated. I quickly took just one shot (not a very good one!) as I was already lagging behind! From my book I decided it looked more like G. pusillum as all the leaves seemed quite serated.So I took a guess at that, hoping someone would either agree or point me in the right direction. I have uploaded a more zoomed in picture of the flowers hoping this will help.

Valerie
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Valerie Harrison's picture

Thanks Chris!

Will try and get more detail next time!

Valerie
Wildforms
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