Plant ID forum: Carolina Cranesbill (Geranium carolinianum)

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Name: Ginger
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gingin
Feb 24, 2012 3:15 PM CST
I believe this is a wild geranium...just not sure which. Right now it's not blooming. The pics are of a pot that it has taken over...it pops up all over the yard.



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frostweed
Feb 24, 2012 4:32 PM CST
I think it is Geranium carolinianum, very common around here. Smiling
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plantladylin
Feb 25, 2012 12:17 AM CST
G. carolinianum (Cranesbill Geranium) is common in Florida ... and the Plant Database needs your photo's Green Grin!

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JRsbugs
Feb 25, 2012 6:19 AM CST
Would it be a good idea to wait for flowers to be sure?
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plantladylin
Feb 25, 2012 8:30 AM CST
Yes, Janet is right ... many plants look alike, it's best to wait for blooms and a positive ID.
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Horntoad
Feb 25, 2012 9:22 AM CST
plantladylin said:Yes, Janet is right ... many plants look alike, it's best to wait for blooms and a positive ID.


Looks like Geranium carolinianum, to me. I've never seen anything else close, but then I'm not in Florida.
What else looks like that?
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JRsbugs
Feb 25, 2012 10:21 AM CST
Horntoad said:

Looks like Geranium carolinianum, to me. I've never seen anything else close, but then I'm not in Florida.
What else looks like that?


My caution is due to the fact that many Geranium leaves look very similar, look at G. maculatum for comparison ... scroll to the photo of leaves.

http://www.missouriplants.com/Blueopp/Geranium_maculatum_pag...

Leaves of G. carolinianum on the same site ..

http://www.missouriplants.com/Pinkalt/Geranium_carolinianum_...
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Name: Jay
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Horntoad
Feb 25, 2012 11:01 AM CST
Never realised there were so many varieties of geranium. USDA only shows Geranium carolinianum growing in Florida, throughout most of the state . Bonap also shows Geranium maculatum, but it is only recorded in Gadsden County.
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JRsbugs
Feb 25, 2012 11:20 AM CST
Not only could it be a species, it could be a self set from a cultivated plant. However, if you look where Gadsden County is in comparison to Fountain, Florida ... they are more or less in the same location. Records rarely show all locations, and I doubt plants know where borders are. Hilarious!

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=Gadsden+County&um=1&ie=UTF-8...

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=Fountain,+Florida+(&um=1&ie=...
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gingin
Feb 26, 2012 11:29 AM CST
I just went and got a leaf. Looking at the 2 links Janet posted I really think it is g. carolinianum. It takes me 1 1/2 to 2 hours to get to Gadsden Co. from here, but that is not by way of the crow Whistling Also the stems on mine are pinkish rather then green and the fruit looks spot on. I'm gonna go ahead and add it and if necessary it can be moved. Thanks Smiling
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plantladylin
Feb 26, 2012 2:02 PM CST
I think I'm still leaning towards the Florida native, G. carolinianum (Cranesbill Geranium) which is found in many counties in the state:

http://florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=3848

http://florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/SpecimenDetails.aspx?Plant...

I agree, if it turns out to be a different plant it can be moved.
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Horntoad
Feb 26, 2012 9:28 PM CST
plantladylin said:I think I'm still leaning towards the Florida native, G. carolinianum (Cranesbill Geranium) which is found in many counties in the state:


I would bet on G. carolinianum, but like Janet said plant don't know where the borders are. If you decide to post in the database, it would be a good idea to keep an eye on it just in case.
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