Geranium sylvaticum, Geranium rivulare, SE: Midsommarblomster,
DE: Wald-Storchschnabel, NL: Bosooievaarsbek, UK: Wood Crane's-bill

Scientific name:  Geranium sylvaticum L.
Synonym name:  Geranium rivulare Vill. (ssp. rivulare)
Swedish name:  Midsommarblomster
German name:  Wald-Storchschnabel
Nederlandse naam:  Bosooievaarsbek
English name:   Wood Crane's-bill
Plant Family:   Geraniaceae, Näveväxter, Geranium family

Flowers in Sweden (Vilda blommor i Sverige - Svenska blommor, Sverige vilda växter)
Location: Hammarstrand

Life form:  Perennial
Stems:  25–50 cm. Stem cylindrical, erect-branched, basal part long-haired, more commonly short-haired.
Leaves:  large palmately cleft leaves c. 8-15 cm across
Flowers:  Petals 12-16mm, purplish-pink to mauvish with white base, rounded or slightly retuse at apex.
Flowering Period:  June,July
Fruits:  5-parted schizocarp, tip beak-like, coiling up when ripe. Mericarps glossy, hairy.
Habitat:  Woods, thickets, pastureland and meadows

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Derivation of the botanical name:
Geranium from the Greek word geranos, "crane" and refers to the appearance of the seed-heads, which have the same shape as the bill of a crane.
sylvaticum from the Latin Sylva, "forest", and aimed at the plant site.
The name midsummer flower, refers to the blooming around midsummer.
rivulare, rivulus, a small stream; from a stream side.
  • The standard author abbreviation L. is used to indicate Carl Linnaeus (1707 – 1778), a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, the father of modern taxonomy.
  • The standard author abbreviation Vill. is used to indicate Dominique Villars (1745 – 1814), a French botanist.

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