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Erect Geranium   
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Erect Geranium
P Native Photo: Gurcharan Singh
Common name: Erect Geranium
Botanical name: Geranium rectum    Family: Geraniaceae (Geranium family)

Erect Geranium is a perennial herb with rootstock horizontal, 6-11 mm in diameter. Stem is 22-84 cm tall, erect, not rooting at nodes. Stipules are lanceshaped, distinct. Leaves are opposite, 4.3-10.1 cm, palmately cleft, ratio of main sinus/middle segment length = 0.69-0.87, hairy with appressed nonglandular trichomes; segments 5, rhombic, 0.7-1.4 cm wide at base, 13-23-lobed in distal half, ratio of second sinus/middle segment length = 0.14-0.24. Flowers are bore in solitary, 2-flowered cymules, on flower-cluster-stalk 3.5-15.9 cm. Flower-stalks are 2-4 cm, sepals 5.7-8.5 mm, mucro 1.1-2.8 mm. Petals are bright rose-pink, 1.4-1.6 cm, erect to patent, outside usually hairless, inside basally with trichomes, margin basally fringed with hairs, tip notched with a 0.3-0.7 mm notch. Staminal filaments are white, lanceshaped, below hairy and proximal half fringed with hairs, trichomes 0.2-0.4 mm; anthers whitish with a blue margin, 1.4-2.1 mm. Stigma is pinkish, fruit 2.8-3.1 cm, erect when immature. Erect Geranium is native to Central Asia to W. Himalaya, found in forests, meadows, at altitudes of 1400-2400 m. Flowering: July-August.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh Photographed in Gulmarg forest, Kashmir.

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