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

Geranium dissectum L.
cut-leaved geranium (cutleaf geranium; cut-leaved crane's-bill)
Geraniaceae (Geranium family)

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Species Information

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Annual herb from a taproot; stems decumbent to erect, branched, stiff-hairy, usually glandular above, 15-60 cm tall.
Basal leaves few, reduced and soon deciduous; stem leaves opposite, more or less rounded in outline, 2-6 cm wide, palmately divided into 5-7 segments, these deeply cleft nearly to the base into linear segments, spreading-hairy.
Inflorescence of terminal or axillary clusters of 2 stalked flowers; petals pink to purplish, shallowly notched, 4-5 mm long; sepals equal to the petals, bristle-tipped, the tips 1 mm long; stamens 10, fertile, not fused.
Carpels, evenly stiff-hairy with spreading hairs; styles 1.3-1.6 cm long, the beak 2-3 mm long; seeds oblong, strongly honeycombed.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Mesic to dry roadsides, fields and waste places in the lowland and montane zone; frequent in SW BC, rare in the Queen Charlotte Islands and in C BC; introduced from Europe.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Geranium dissectum

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)

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Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 840 875 910
Slope Gradient (%) 11 29 47
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
236 263 290
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
2 2 3
Modal Nutrient Regime
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: IDF(2)


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.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Geranium laxum Hanks

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