E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Geranium richardsonii Fisch. & Trautv.
Richardson's geranium (Richardson's crane's-bill)
Geraniaceae (Geranium family)

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Species Information

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General:
Perennial herb from a thick stem-base; stems ascending to erect, glabrous or stiff-hairy towards the base, purplish glandular hairy above, branched, 20-80 cm tall.
Leaves:
Basal leaves rounded in outline, 6-14 cm wide, long-stalked, palmately divided 3/4 their length into 5-7 irregularly lobed segments; stem leaves opposite, unstalked, reduced above.
Flowers:
Inflorescence of 1 to 2 axillary or stalked terminal and axillary flowers; petals white to pink, with purple veins, broadly rounded at the tips, soft-hairy on the lower 1/2 of the inner surface, 12-17 mm long; sepals 6-11 mm long, bristle-tipped, the tip 1.5-2 mm long; stamens 10, fertile, not fused.
Fruits:
Carpels, stiff-hairy; styles 1.5-2.5 cm long, the beak 2-4 mm long; seeds oblong, coarsely net-veined.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

USDA Species Characteristics

Flower Colour:
Purple
Blooming Period:
Mid Spring
Fruit/Seed characteristics:
Colour: Brown
Present from Spring to Summer
Source:  The USDA

Habitat / Range

Moist to mesic meadows and open forests in the lowland to subalpine zones; frequent in BC east of the Coast-Cascade Mountains, rare in the Queen Charlotte Islands; N to YT and NT, E to SW SK and S to SD, NM and CA.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Ecology

Ecological Framework for Geranium richardsonii

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)

Site Information
Value / Class

Minimum

Average

Maximum

Elevation (metres) 210 1193 2200
Slope Gradient (%) 0 23 78
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
4 171 360
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
0 4 7
Modal Nutrient Regime
Class
D
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
151
Modal BEC Zone Class
ESSF
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: BAFA(2), BWBS(7), ESSF(47), ICH(15), IDF(11), MS(7), SBPS(16), SBS(38), SWB(5)

Climate

The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

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