Purple-Vein Geranium
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Purple-Vein Geranium
ative Photo: Shaista Ahmad
Common name: Purple-Vein Geranium • Hindi: Lal jari, रतनजोत Ratanjot, Chowhri • Nepali: राक्लामुल Rakla mool
Botanical name: Geranium wallichianum    Family: Geraniaceae (Geranium family)

Purple-Vein Geranium is a perennial herb with paired rose-pink to red-purple flowers with pale centers. Flowers are large, 2.5-4 cm across. Sepals are bristly haired on veins. Plants usually have large ovate stipules which is an identifying feature. Leaves are mostly 4-8 cm across, 3-5 deeply lobed, the lobes are broad-rhombic, further lobed and toothed, but not deeply. The plant has a much branched stem, growing up to 1-4 ft tall. Purple-Vein Geranium is found in Afghanistan, Himalaya, from Kashmir to Bhutan, NE India, at altitudes of 2100-4200 m. Flowering: June-September.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Dhanaulti, Uttarakhand.

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