GERANIACEAE


Geranium

Geranium pratense

Meadow Crane's-bill

Single plant alongside a footpath parallel to Woldcarr Road. Doubtfully native here, more likely to be a garden throw-out.

Geranium dissectum

Cut-leaved Crane's-bill

This is by far the most common species of Crane's-bill in Hull. It can be found in a wide range of habitats from old grassland, verges and even lawns.

Geranium pyrenaicum

Hedgerow Crane's-bill

Single plant on waste ground - a garden escape? (I grow it in my garden 400m away).

Geranium pusillum

Small-flowered Crane's-bill

This was encountered more frequently than expected. It seems to favour two habitats - roadside verges and sandy borders in new developments. It seems to have been introduced with the soil - washings from sugarbeet factories?

Geranium molle

Dove's-foot Crane's-bill

Roadside verges and lawns.

Geranium lucidum

Shining Crane's-bill

Usually as a garden escape, not venturing far from its source. The exception is in 12P where it grows in profusion on the old Marfleet Railway Station. Very abundant in St James' church-yard, Sutton.

Geranium robertianum

Herb-Robert

Hedge bottoms, not particularly frequent.

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Erodium

Erodium cicutarium

Common Stork's-bill

On imported sandy material in similar situations, and ofted associated with, Geranium pusilum. As a lawn weed in several situations.

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R Middleton, r.middleton@geo.hull.ac.uk, last updated 14 September 1997