Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Dove's-foot Crane's-bill - Geranium molle   L.
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Section 6 » Order Geraniales » Family Geraniaceae
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DistributionPrimarily Mountains and Piedmont; disjunct to Currituck and Dare counties. The gap in the Piedmont is probably an artifact of collecting.

Native of Europe and western Asia; in N.A. much of southern Canada and the U.S., but absent from much of the northern Midwestern Plains, southern Rocky Mountains, and arid Southwest.
AbundanceFairly common in the Mountains, mostly uncommon to infrequent in the Piedmont, but rare in the outer Coastal Plain.
HabitatDry to moist roadsides, creek banks, highway rest areas, lawn weed, campus weed, hiking trail.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting April-August.
IdentificationLike some other alien Geraniums, this one's leaf blades are generally round in outline and highly dissected, but the segments are wider than with the other species. The sepals have a short blunt tip (vs. thin mucro or awn). The stem hairs are a mixture of long villous non-glandular hairs and short glandular hairs, versus both kinds short glandular in G. pusillum. This species has deeply notched or cleft petals at the tip, giving a flower the look of having 10 petals instead of 5.
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B.A. SorrieRoadside, Union Co., May 2015. UnionPhoto_non_natural
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