Geranium dissectum, Red Cranesbill, Cutleaf geranium,
Cut-leaved Crane's-bill, Wrinkle-seeded Crane's Bill,
Hebrew: גרניון גזור, Arabic: الغرنوقي المنقسم

Scientific name:  Geranium dissectum L.
Common name:  Red Cranesbill, Cutleaf geranium, Cut-leaved Crane's-bill, Wrinkle-seeded Crane's Bill
Hebrew name:   גרניון גזור
Arabic name:  الغرنوقي المنقسم
Family:  Geraniaceae, גרניים

ישראל, פרחים, צמי בר, תמונות
Location: Netanya, the Dora rain pool

Life form:  Annual
Stems:  10-30 cm; ascending to erect; covered with backward-pointing, projecting hairs
Leaves:  Alternate; petiolate, nearly circular in outline, deeply divided (palmatifid) with seven to nine lobes, smooth margin; rough hair on both surfaces, with pointy tips; veins impressed above, expressed below
Inflorescence:  Terminal or axillary clusters of 2 stalked flowers
Flowers:  Hermaphrodite; 5 violet pink petals, rounded or notched tip
Fruits / pods:  Carpels, 5-segmented beaklike fruit; body 2–3 mm, minutely bristly; style column 12–15 mm; beak 2–3 mm; seeds deeply pitted, gray-brown
Flowering Period:   February, March, April
Habitat:   Humid habitats
Distribution:  Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands, Semi-steppe shrublands
Chorotype:  Med - Euro-Siberian
Summer shedding:  Ephemeral

Flora of Israel online, native plants, Palestine
Location: Netanya, the Dora rain pool


Derivation of the botanical name:
Geranium, Greek geranos, a crane; in allusion to the long beak of the carpels.
dissectum, di, between, away from; seco to cut, cut off, cut up; divide, separate; dissected, as in leaves; finely cut.
  • The standard author abbreviation L. is used to indicate Carl Linnaeus (1707 – 1778), a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, the father of modern taxonomy.