Many-Flower Geranium
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Many-Flower Geranium
ative Photo: Tabish
Common name: Many-Flower Geranium
Botanical name: Geranium polyanthes    Family: Geraniaceae (Geranium family)

Many-Flower Geranium is distinguished by its bright reddish-purple flowers, borne in a few-flowered umbel-like cluster on erect stems. Flowers of most Geraniums of the Himalayas occur only in pairs. Flowers are 1.5-3 cm across, petals 1.2-1.3 cm long. Sepals have long soft spreading glandular hairs on the outside, and are hairless on the inside. Leaves are distinctly rounded in outline, mostly 2-4 cm across, deeply 5-9-lobed, the lobed obovate and further cut at the tip into blunt segments. Stipules are fused. Stems are 10-30 cm long, and fruits are coarsely netted. Many-Flower Geranium is found in the Himalayas, from Uttarakhand to Sikkim and SE Tibet, at altitudes of 2400-4500 m. Flowering: June-August.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed at Tsomgo lake & Yumthang Valley, Sikkim & Arunachal Pradesh.

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