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Taken July 15, 2009 – Bridgton, Maine
Canon Rebel XSi with Canon 100mm Macro Lens
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Wild Geranium
Geranium maculatum
Geranium family (Geraniaceae)

Description: This native perennial plant is 1-2½’ tall, consisting of a loose cluster of basal leaves and flowering stems that develop directly from the creeping rootstock. On the lower portion of each flowering stem, there is a pair of opposite leaves. Both the basal leaves and the lower opposite leaves of the flowering stems have a similar appearance. They are up to 5" long and across, and palmately cleft with 5 deep lobes. Each of these lobes is wedge-shaped at the base. The leaf margins have a few secondary lobes and coarse teeth. Each leaf has long petioles with coarse white hairs, while its upper surface has fine white hairs. The flowering stems are covered with coarse white hairs and more or less erect. The upper pairs of leaves on the flowering stems are like the lower leaves, except they are smaller in size and usually have only 3 primary lobes.[Wild Geranium with Flowers]The stems terminate in a corymb or floppy umbel of 1-5 flowers. Each flower is about 1–1½" across, consisting of 5 rounded petals, 5 green sepals, 10 stamens with pale yellow anthers, and a single pistil with 5 carpels. The petals are pale purplish pink and have fine lines running across their surface that function as nectar guides. Both the flowering stalk (peduncle) and pedicels have non-glandular hairs. The blooming period occurs during the late spring to early summer and lasts about a month. The pistil of the flower elongates into a beak-like fruit about 1–1½" long. As it matures, the 5 slender carpels of this fruit curl upward and backward to fling the seeds from the mother plant. Each of these small seeds has a reticulated surface. The root system consists of a dark stout rootstock that produces rhizomes. It is high in tannins. This plant often forms colonies.

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macro, lavender, wildflowers, maine, new england, wild geranium, bridgton

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Comments

  • Tibby Steedly
    Tibby Steedlyabout 4 years ago

    Stunning capture of this lovely flower!

  • Tibby Steedly: Thanks so much for the very kind comments. Much appreciated.

    – T.J. Martin

  • Annie Underwood
    Annie Underwoodabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful picture.

  • Hello Annie: Thank you for the very nice comments. I appreciate it.

    – T.J. Martin

  • yolanda
    yolandaabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful .. . love the detail and vibrant colour :-)

  • Hello Yolanda: Thanks for your very nice comments. I’m glad that you’ve added this imge to your list of favorites. Thanks so much.

    – T.J. Martin

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 4 years ago

  • Thanks Ray . . .

    – T.J. Martin

  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful color and lighting on this one!! Great info!!

  • Thanks Blair . . .

    – T.J. Martin

  • lorilee
    lorileeabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful!!!!

  • Thank You Lorilee — I appreciate the very kind comments.

    – T.J. Martin

  • Sunshinesmile83
    Sunshinesmile83about 4 years ago

    The colors are so vibrant and the sharpness makes this such a beauty!

  • Hello Sunshinesmile: Thank you for the very nice comments on this image. I’m very pleased that you like it. Much appreciated.

    – T.J. Martin

  • pat gamwell
    pat gamwellabout 4 years ago
  • Hi Pat: Just read that my “-The Wild Geranium” was chosen to be featured in High Quality Images – Flowers Category. Thanks so much to the group hosts and members. I’m pleased to be a member of your fine group.

    – T.J. Martin

  • Lynn  Abbott
    Lynn Abbottabout 4 years ago

    Simply extraordinary! I really love this one!

  • Hello Lynn: Thanks so much for the wonderful compliment. So glad that you like this image and have added it to your list of favorites. Very pleased to hear from you again.

    – T.J. Martin

  • nancie
    nancieabout 4 years ago

  • Hi Nancie: Thanks so much for choosing my " -The Wild Geranium" to be be one of the featured images in the New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont and Massachusetts Group. So pleased to be a member of the group.

    – T.J. Martin

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