YASIN J. NASIR
Geranium kishtvariense Knuth
Perennial up to 90 cm or more tall. Stem striate, appressed pubescent-villous. Leaves palmatipartite, 30-100 x 45-140 (-153) mm, 5-angled; pubescent-pilose; segments ovate, acute-mucronate, irregularly serrate. Stipules 8-11 mm long, broad lanceolate-subulate, sometimes apex 2-fid. Petiole 4.5-13 cm long, appressed pubescent, densely so at the base of the lamina. Peduncle glandular hairy, (1-) 2-flowered. Flowers c. 2 cm broad. Bracts linear-lanceolate, 3-6 mm long, ciliate, pubescent, sepals 7-8 mm long, broad lanceolate to elliptic, pubescent-glandular hairy (especially on the nerves), 2.5-4 mm long. Petals pink, 1.2-1.3 (-1.7) cm long, obovate, pink; claw and filament base ciliate. Beak 18-20 (-25) mm long, pubescent-glandular. Mericarps pubescent. Seed c. 3.2 mm long, oblong, minutely pitted, brownish black.
Fl. Per.: July-August.
Type: Described from cultivated material raised from seed collected by Royle in the Himalayas.
Distribution: N.W. Himalaya.
Not common in our area. Variable as regards the size of the plant and leaves. A specimen from Kashmir (Banihal Pass, c. 9000', Jammu-Kashmir rd., R.R. Stewart, RAW) is remarkable in the branched inflorescence which is also dense glandular.