Woolly-Stamen Geranium
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Woolly-Stamen Geranium
P Native Herb Unknown Photo: Gurcharan Singh
Common name: Woolly-Stamen Geranium
Botanical name: Geranium lambertii    Family: Geraniaceae (Geranium family)
Synonyms: Geranium grevilleanum, Geranium chumbiense, Geranium eriostemon

Woolly-Stamen Geranium is probably the largest-flowered of the Geraniums found in the Himalayas. Flowers are large, looking down, pale pink or rarely white, with purple veins, 4-6 cm across. They are borne in two-flowered groups on long stalks. Sepals are 1-1.4 cm long, covered with glandular hairs. Stamen filaments are 8-11 mm long, prominent, and densely covered with long hairs. Bracts are lanceshaped, 1-2 cm. Leaves are often upto 10 cm across, palmately cut to about 3/4 of the length. Flowers are borne above the leaves on long stalks. Woolly-Stamen Geranium is found in the Himalayas, from Kashmir, Garhwal to Sikkim and S. Tibet, at altitudes of 2300-4200 m. Flowering: June-September.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh Photographed in Apharwat, Kashmir.

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