Tibetan Alpine-Geranium
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Tibetan Alpine-Geranium
A Native Unknown Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Tibetan Alpine-Geranium
Botanical name: Erodium tibetanum    Family: Geraniaceae (Geranium family)

Tibetan Alpine-Geranium is an annual herb 3-15 cm tall, with stems mostly prostrate. Stipules are lanceshaped, 2-3 mm. Leaves are in a crowded basal rosette; leaf blade ovate to broadly ovate, 1-1.6 cm, pinnately cut to pinnately parted or sometimes basal pair distinct, both surfaces velvet-hairy. Flowers are borne in pseudoumbels with 2 or 3 hermaphrodite flowers. Flower-cluster-stalk is 0.6-1.5 cm, velvet-hairy. Flower-stalk is slightly shorter than flower-cluster-stalk. Sepals are narrowly elliptic, 2-3 mm, densely hairy, tip mucronate. Petals are usually white without a basal spot, obovate, 3.5-4 mm. Mericarp is 5-6 mm, with apical pit, without ridges or furrows; awn not plumose. Tibetan Alpine-Geranium is is found in the meadows of Ladakh, Kashmir, Mongolia and Tajikistan, at altitudes of 3200-4300 m. Flowering: July-August.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed near Hemis Monastery, Ladakh.

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