Geranium rotundifolium, Round-leaved geranium, Round-leaved crane's bill,
Hebrew: גרניון עגול, Arabic: غرنوقي دائري الأوراق
|| ||Geranium rotundifolium L.|
|| ||Round-leaved geranium, Round-leaved crane's bill|
|| || גרניון עגול |
|| ||غرنوقي دائري الأوراق|
|| ||Geraniaceae, גרניים|
|| ||Up to 30 cm high; herbaceous, roundish stems; soft, white, erect hairs|
|| ||Alternate, dissected once, dentate or serrate|
|| ||Terminal or axillary clusters of 2 short stalked flowers|
|| ||5 pink petals, round edged; sepals not bristle-tipped; staminal filaments whitish, lanceolate; anthers yellowish; stigma reddish|
|Fruits / pods:
|| ||Carpels, 5 filiform mericarps with mostly erect hairs and a more or less glandular beak|
|| || February, March, April|
|| || Batha, Phrygana|
|| ||Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands, Semi-steppe shrublands, Shrub-steppes, Montane vegetation of Mt. Hermon|
|| ||Euro-Siberian - Med - Irano-Turanian|
Derivation of the botanical name:
Geranium, Greek geranos, a crane; in allusion to the long beak of the carpels.
rotundifolium, rotundus, round, spherical; with round leaves.
Pliny the Elder, Natural History, Book XXVI. 108: 'Geranion is called by some myrrhis and by others myrtidas. It resembles hemlock, but with smaller leaves and shorter in the stem, round, and of a pleasant taste and smell. In this way, it is described by our Roman authorities; but Greeks say that it has leaves a little lighter in colour than those of the mallow, thin stems, and downy, with branches at intervals and two spans long; on them are the leaves, among which on the tips of the stems are miniature small heads of cranes.'
- The standard author abbreviation L. is used to indicate Carl Linnaeus (1707 – 1778), a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, the father of modern taxonomy.