YASIN J. NASIR
Geranium radicans DC.
Procumbent diffuse, pubescent to hairy annual. Stem 1-3(-4), slender, sometimes rooting at the nodes. Leaves 5(-7) palmatifid or partite, upper usually ternate, 10-35 x 15-60 mm; segments broad rhomboid-cuneate, dentate, lobes obtuse-mucronate. Petals up to 1.8 cm long, retrorsely hairy. Stipules 5-7(-9) mm long, subulate or lanceolate, sometimes 2-fid, pubescent-hairy, ciliate. Peduncles usually 2-flowered, 2.5-14.5 cm, slender. Flowers 4-6 mm broad. Pedicel 1-2.5 cm, deflexed in fruit. Bracts 3-4 mm, lanceolate-subulate. Sepals 5-6 mm long, ovate-lanceolate, 3-nerved, pubescent or patently hairy; awn 0.3-1 mm long. Petals slightly longer than the sepals, obovate, slightly retuse or entire, pale pink, sparsely ciliate. Filaments base dilated and ciliate. Beak 10-15 mm long, pubes-cent. Mericarps pubescent and patent hairy. Seed 2-2.5 mm long, elliptic-oblong, brownish black, minutely reticulate.
Fl. Per.: April-September.
Type locality: Nepal.
Distribution: Afghanistan, temperate Himalaya, China, Japan and Sri Lanka.
Very common in the temperate zone from 1500-2900 m. Plant parts are astringent.