Geranium molle dove-foot crane’s-bill Geraniaceae GEMO*; R (DeCandido 2001); 

   

Geranium molle.commons.wikipedia.org

Geranium molle.commons.wikipedia.org. (Accessed 4/2014).

Geranium molle is an annual herb to 50 cm tall from a taproot, stems branched from base, spreading, softly hairy. 

Leaves alternate, mostly basal, kidney-shaped, to 5 cm wide, divided to middle of blade into 5-9, 3-lobed segments, lobes shallow, upper leaves progressively reduced upwards. 

Flowers pale purple, numerous, petals to 0.7 cm long, deeply notched at tip, sepals hairy, tipped by a brownish gland; calyx and flower stalks densely glandular-hairy, stamens 10, anthers purple (Yatskievych 2006), ovary superior; blooms and fruits June-Sept. 

Fruit dry, linear, to 1.3 cm long above, 1-seeded carpels cupped in persistent calyx. 

Wetland status: UPL. 

Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent. 

Origin: Europe, W. Asia. 

Habitat: A weed of lawns and gardens.