WILDFLOWERS OF NEW MEXICO

 

Widespread in NM mountains and foothills, this 7–32-inch tall plant has hairy stems, flowers with whitish petals with reddish lines, and palmately lobed leaves with pointed teeth.


FLOWERS: June–August. The 1-inch wide flowers have 5 white to pinkish petals with dark lines, each petal 3/8–3/4-inch (10–18 mm) long, with rounded tips and sparsely hairy on basal half; 10 arching red filaments with purple anthers, 5 point-tipped sepals beneath petals. Fruit is a slender capsule, 3/4-1-inch (20–25 mm) long, pointed like a crane’s bill.


LEAVES: Opposite. Blades palmate (shaped like a palm with spreading segments) 2–6-inches (5–15 cm) wide, with 3–5 lobes, each with coarse, pointed teeth; smaller near the top of stem.


HABITAT: Moist sandy, gravelly, loamy soils, meadows, streamsides, openings; pinyon-juniper, ponderosa, spruce-fir sub-alpine forests.


ELEVATION: 7,000–10,900 feet.


RANGE: Throughout mountain regions in western U. S.


SIMILAR SPECIES: Mogollon Geranium, G. lentum, has reflexed (bent back) white petals with yellowish-green stamens. Purple Geranium, G. caespitosum, in much the same range and habitat, has pinkish-purple petals, often bent back.


NM COUNTIES: Western 2/3 NM at med- to high-elevations in moist habitats: Bernalillo, Catron, Cibola, Colfax, Grant, Lincoln, Los Alamos, McKinley, Mora, Otero, Rio Arriba, San Juan, San Miguel, Sandoval, Santa Fe, Sierra, Socorro, Taos, Torrance, Valencia.

WILD  GERANIUM

GERANIUM  RICHARDSONII

Geranium Family, Geraniaceae

Perennial herb

Sepals (between petals) with long, pronounced points.

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Arching red filaments with purple anthers.

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