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Cutleaf Geranium, Cut-leaved Cranesbill - Geranium dissectum


Family: Geraniaceae - Geranium family Genus Common Name: Geranium Native Status: IntroducedHerb
Geranium dissectum - Cutleaf Geranium, Cut-leaved Cranesbill. A native of Europe, Cutleaf Geranium is a weedy plant is found in 29 states. It grows to about 2 feet tall - or this may be considered 2 feet long, since it is often prone. The stem is densely pubescent - covered with short hairs, as is the rest of the plant. The petioled leaves are alternate and deeply, palmately lobed. The main lobes of the lower leaves are also lobed. The lobes of the lower leaves are usually much broader than on the upper leaves.

A similar species is the United States native Carolina Geranium (Geranium carolinianum), except Carolina Geranium has paler pink - almost white - blossoms, and the upper leaf lobes are broader.

Found in:
AL, AR, CA, CT, DC, GA, HI, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, MO, MS, NC, NJ, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WA, WV

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Geranium dissectum

Distribution of Geranium dissectum in the United States and Canada:
USDA Plants Distribution Map temporarily unavailable.
Blue=Native; Grey=Introduced

Map from USDA Plants Database:
USDA, NRCS. 2017. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 21 Oct 2017). National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901 USA.

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Site: Date: 2012-April-14Photographer: Gerald C. Williamson
Nikon D7000
Tamron SP 90MM f/2.8 AF Macro
The deep pink - almost red blossom is not much more than 1/4" across, so the plant isn't especially showy, but the flower is quite lovely when viewed closely. As with the rest of the plant, the flower's pedicel and calyx are pubescent.
Geranium dissectum

Site: Walker County, Ga Date: 2012-April-16Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D7000
The fruit is a glandularly pubescent, elongated pod of the shape that gives wild Geraniums the alternate common names of Cranesbill or Storksbill.
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Geranium dissectum

Site: Walker County, Ga Date: 2012-April-16Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D7000
The deeply lobed leaves give Geranium dissectum the Cutleaf Geranium common name. This is one of the lower leaves.
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Geranium dissectum

Site: Walker County, Ga Date: 2012-April-16Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D7000
The lobes on the upper leaves are narrower than those on the lower leaves.
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Geranium dissectum

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