Geranium rotundifolium (Round-leaved Crane's-Bill)'s Journal

January 25, 2022

Geranium rotundifolium (Round-leaved Crane’s Bill)

This project collects observations of Geranium rotundifolium (Round-leaved Crane's-Bill) in California to facilitate identification and prevent misidentification of this species.

Photo tips:

  • It’s important to get a picture of the entire plant.
  • It's also helpful to get close-up pictures of the face of the flowers, sepals, leaves, and fruits, if present.
  • If there are multiple plants in the picture, it’s helpful to crop your photo to focus on the plant of interest.

How to identify Geranium rotundifolium:

  • Height: 10–40 cm (4–16 in)
  • Stems: There are reddish stipules/bracts where the leaves branch from the stem, like G. carolinianum.
  • Leaves: The leaves are variable, more or less round with shallow, rounded lobes, sometimes more angular with pointed lobes.
  • Flowers: Petals are pale rose-purple, fading to white in the center with a slight indentation at the tip. Sepals are soft-hairy and have short, bristly awns.
  • This is the most common light pink species of geranium.
  • Habitat: Open, disturbed sites.


Similar Species:

  • Geranium molle (Dove’s-foot Crane’s-Bill)
  • Geranium bicknellii (Bicknell’s Geranium)


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