Round-leaved Crane's-bill - Geranium rotundifolium
The small flowers have five relatively short (around 6 mm in length), un-notched petals, only slightly longer than the five spreading calyx lobes which are pointed at the tip though do not terminate in a bristle, and are crossed by a mid-vein and a pair of side veins. Flowers are attached by stalks of up to 1.5 cm, which have a covering of white hairs, topped by reddish glands. The leaves are rounded in outline; divided about half way (or less) into three, five or seven broad lobes, themselves slightly divided. Attached by long stalks, and covered with downy hairs.
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Found in hedgerows, dry roadside-banks and wall-tops, especially close to the sea, but spreading to roadside verges, rubble heaps, railway ballast and waste ground.
In flower during June and July.
Annual. Colonies may be very persistent, even where the species is confined to weedy habitats.
Occasional, mainly found in the southern half of Britain.
Rarely recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland.
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