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Cut leaved cranesbill

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Leaves and Stem

The leaf is palmately lobed - it is cut or rather divided into (7) deeply incised sections.  The leaf is hairy and the edge (leaf margin) may have a red / purple coloration.


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Flowers and Fruits

The flower has 5 petals, they are notched and pink to purple in colour. The sepals end in a bristle.

The fruits, when they form, are also hairy.


 

CLC sepals etc

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Ecology and other notes

This plant is another member of the cranesbill family (like herb robert). The cranesbills are notably hairy (with the exception of the shining cranesbill - which has reddish leaves).

 

Cut leaved cranesbill (Geranium dissectum) is an annual. It can be upright or rather sprawling. The leaves are very heavy dissected, with seven narrow lobes / sections. It may be found on waste land, banks and hedgerows.

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