General: Annual herb from a taproot; stems decumbent to ascending, stiff-hairy, 10-40 cm tall.
Leaves: Basal leaves few, kidney-shaped in outline, long-stalked, 1.5-5 cm long; divided into 5-7 broad, coarsely toothed lobes, stem leaves few, similar, opposite, short-stalked.
Flowers: Inflorescence of terminal clusters of usually 2 short-stalked flowers; petals pink, shallowly notched, 3-5 mm long, soft-hairy; sepals slightly shorter than the petals, the tips abruptly pointed; stamens fertile, 10, fused basally.
Fruits: Carpels, glabrous, finely cross-wrinkled; styles 6-8 mm long, the beak 1-2 mm long; seeds orbicular, glabrous.
Dove's foot cranes-bill ... usually has magenta to pink flowers. But populations polymorphic for magenta and white-flowered plants occur--for example, at Redwood Park in Delta. The white-flowered plants probably represent recessive homozygotes at a single gene that have become established by chance in this population.
Source: Griffiths and Ganders. 1983. Wildflower Genetics: A Field Guide for British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest.
Ecological Framework for Geranium molle
The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range. (Updated August, 2013)
A shade-intolerant, submontane to montane, Eurasian forb introduced to Pacific and Atlantic North America. Occurs in maritime to submaritime cool mesothermal climates on very dry to moderately dry, nitrogen-medium soils. Occasional in early-seral communities, sporadic in open-canopy forests on very shallow, watershedding sites following disturbance. Its occurrence decreases with increasing elevation and continentality. Characteristic of disturbed sites.
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