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Geranium viscosissimum
sticky purple crane's-bill, sticky purple geranium
WTU specimens
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Distribution: East of the Cascades in Washington, British Columbia south to California, east to Colorado.

Habitat: Moderately dry areas, low to mid-elevations.

Flowers: May-August

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Description:
General:

Herbaceous perennial, the stems 4-9 dm. tall, with short hairs below often changing to stalked glands above.

Leaves:

Leaves long-petiolate, the blades 5-12 cm. broad, somewhat glandular, palmately parted more than 3/4 their width into 5 obovate, wedge-shaped, sharply-toothed divisions.

Flowers:

Inflorescence of few-flowered cymes; sepals 5, 8-12 mm. long with bristle tips about 2 mm. long; petals 5, 14-20 mm. long, rounded to shallowly notched, pinkish-lavender to purplish, with soft hairs on the lower half; stamens 10, filaments with soft hairs full length; stylar column 3-5 cm. long, the beak, including the stigmas, 10-14 mm. long.

Fruits:

Carpels covered with stalked glands.

Accepted Name:
Geranium viscosissimum Fisch. & C.A. Mey.
Publication: Index Sem. (St. Petersburg) 11: Suppl. 18. 1846.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Geranium viscosissimum in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Geranium viscosissimum checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Geranium viscosissimum atlas page.

CalPhotos: Geranium viscosissimum photos.

USDA Plants: Geranium viscosissimum information.

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