Black Eyed Geranium   
Foto info
Black Eyed Geranium
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Black Eyed Geranium • Nepali: रगतगेडी Ragatageri
Botanical name: Geranium ocellatum    Family: Geraniaceae (Geranium family)
Synonyms: Geranium bicolor Royle, Geranium choorense, Geranium ocellatum var. himalaicum

Black Eyed Geranium is a diffuse slender annual herb, which is velvety or hairy-glandular. It grows at lower altitudes in the Himalayas. Leaves are nearly circular or kidney-shaped in outline, 0.8-5 cm broad, divided into up to 7 lobes. Lobes are further divided. Upper leaves are smaller than the lower ones. Pink cup-shaped flowers, 1.2-1.5 cm broad, have a purplish black eye in the center. The species name ocellatum means, like a small eye. Sepals are glandular-hairy. Petals are inverted-egg shaped, twice as long as the sepals, pink with a dark base. The stigma is prominently divided into five parts. Black Eyed Geranium is found in the Himalayas, at altitudes of 1000-2400 m. Flowering: March-April.

Photographed in Mussoorie, Uttarakhand.

• Is this flower misidentified? If yes,