Cut-leaf Crane's Bill
Geranium dissectum Linnaeus
Geraniaceae (Geranium or Stork's bill) Family
Cutleaf geranium is a freely branching annual or biennial broadleaf plant. Except for deserts and the Great Basin it is found throughout to about 4000 feet. Its preferred habitat is agricultural land and other disturbed locations; roadsides, fields, pastures, orchards, landscaped areas, and unmanaged sites. It remains prostrate in turf, although widespread, it is generally considered a minor weed. Distribution is throughout in the Escambia region.
The leaves are slightly asymmetrical with a slightly lobed base and truncate, indented tips. They are about 1/5 to 1/3 inch long and about 1/5 to 1/2 inch wide. The plants are cotyledons (dicots) with hairy stalks, and often the hairs are glandular. Leaves are roundish in outline, lobed and are alternate on the stem.
Flowers bloom from March through October; have 5 violet pink petals that are rounded or have a notched tip. The flower stalks are less than 2/5 of an inch in length. Flower stem hairs are glandular.
The fruit consist of 5 sections of the ovary fused together plus 5 elongated structures above the ovary that form a column. The entire unit looks like a stork's head and beak. At maturity each seed-bearing unit (carpel) detaches from the base of the beak and rolls to its, exposing 1 to 2 brown, strongly pitted and nearly round, seeds.